Toodle-O: Record Number of Brits Seek German Passports as Brexit Looms

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In total, 110,400 individuals were naturalized as German citizens in 2016, a year on year increase of 2.9 percent. The sudden surge stems from a sobering reality for Brits who live elsewhere in Europe, or would like to someday: EU citizens can live and work anywhere within the union, and it isn't clear whether Brits will maintain this status in the future.

Defence Minister Michael Fallon said he believed there was a majority in parliament for this Brexit plan. Only 3.9 percent of Britons who have lived in Germany for 10 years or longer have taken on local citizenship, according to the data, suggesting that further increases may lie ahead as the United Kingdom exits the EU.

Britain is due to leave the European Union in 2019.

Other European countries have also seen a rise in applications from British citizens, including France and Italy.

Almost 60 percent of new German citizens had their origins in Europe, with 29 percent thereof arriving from within the EU.

The largest group of people taking up German citizenship came from Turkey although the total of 16,290 was down 17.3 percent from previous year. Another 6,632 Poles became Germans in 2016, an increase of 11.3%.

Following the popular referendum in the country to separate from the European Union, many United Kingdom citizens are taking steps to become German nationals, according to a new report from Deutsche Welle.

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