Number of Britons granted German citizenship quadruples

Posted June 14, 2017

The number of Brits taking German citizenship soared a year ago, according to new statistics.

In June 2016, the United Kingdom chose to leave the European Union in a referendum. "The link to Brexit seems clear", said the Office.

The Office said a total of 110,400 foreigners took up German citizenship last year, a 2.9 percent increase from the previous year, with the biggest rate of rise among Britons. 'This is the highest ever level of registered British citizens'.

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Britons were, however, still a relatively small group.

One of the main reasons behind the surge in Britons seeking the German citizenship could be the ease of working and doing business in the EU.

The largest national group of those who received a German passport were Turks with 16,290 naturalizations. Poles were the second-biggest, with 6,632.

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According to the office, the total number of new German citizens in 2016 increased by 2.9 percent, compared to a fall of 1 and 3.5 percent in 2015 and 2014, respectively. That uncertainty over the future status of British nationals living and working in other European Union countries has been increased by Theresa May's election debacle that cost her party its majority and left her weakened just days before Brexit talks are due to begin. The average naturalized person was 33 years old and had been living in Germany for 17 years.

Anyone who has lived in Germany for eight years or has been married to a German for six years is eligible for citizenship.

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