The variety of Britons who gained German citizenship final yr was up by roughly 2,300% in contrast with the yr earlier than the Brexit referendum, driving up the variety of naturalisations within the nation to a 16-year excessive.
In line with knowledge launched by the federal statistical workplace on Wednesday, the entire variety of citizenship purposes granted in 2019 elevated by 15% yr on yr to 128,900, with 14,600 granted purposes from British residents accounting for nearly half the rise.
Since Britain voted to go away the European Union in June 2016, 31,600 Britons have acquired German citizenship. Most of them, the nation’s workplace for statistics mentioned, had chosen to maintain their British passport, as stays attainable through the transition interval ending on 31 December 2020.
“Of these Brits which have managed to get a German passport, all of them reported Brexit as a key motivation,” mentioned Daniel Tetlow, co-founder of the British in Germany affiliation and co-author of a research by the Oxford in Berlin analysis partnership and the Berlin Social Science Centre wanting on the affect of Brexit uncertainty on migration patterns.
“For the general public we spoke with, it didn’t imply any form of rejection of Britishness however extra the praise of being British European. And it’s a plain insurance policy, a no brainer for Britons who’ve their livelihoods right here and wish to proceed to have the rights and freedoms that include an EU passport.”
Whereas Brits can attempt to apply for German citizenship after dwelling within the nation for six years, most of those that have been naturalised in 2019 had been away from the UK for longer: half of those that gained citizenship final yr had been in Germany for greater than 26 years.
In addition they tended to be older than these candidates with a Turkish, Polish or Syrian background: half of the Britons who utilized for a German passport have been aged above 54 years previous. The oldest candidates have been aged 90.
Tetlow mentioned one of many explanation why the numbers of granted purposes had risen so steeply was that German officers had additionally noticed the present circumstances as a possibility to get British employees to decide to the nation long run.
“One factor we’ve seen, for instance, is German immigration workplaces committing extra workers to deal particularly with British purposes,” Tetlow mentioned.
“There was no schadenfreude on the a part of German officers, simply numerous solidarity regardless of the tone of the political debate round Brexit.”
Whereas the entire variety of people granted British citizenship over the identical interval have been comparable, Germans in Britain seemed to be extra reluctant to decide to a British passport. Out of 125,346 purposes for naturalisation granted within the UK in 2019, solely 3,269 have been by German residents.
— to www.theguardian.com