Thursday 24 August 2017

Number of Britons granted German citizenship quadruples

A policeman rides past the England and Germany flags at the media centre in Rustenberg, South Africa.
A policeman rides past the England and Germany flags at the media centre in Rustenberg, South Africa.

The number of Britons granted German citizenship quadrupled last year as the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Germany's Federal Statistical Office said 2,865 Britons became German citizens in 2016. It was 361% more than in 2015 and the highest annual number yet measured for Britons.

Britons were, however, still a relatively small group. In all, 110,383 people were given German citizenship, a 2.9% increase.

Turks were the biggest group, with 16,290 becoming German - a 17.3% drop, following declines in previous years. Poles were the second-biggest, with 6,632.

Foreigners can apply for German citizenship after eight years' residence. Nationals of other EU countries and Switzerland can keep their existing passports.

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