Surge in the number of citizenship applications from EU nationals


Around 30,000 EU nationals made applications for British citizenship in the 12 month period which followed last year’s referendum result.

Official figures from the Home Office revealed that immigration officials received 28,502 applications in the year to June.

This was almost double the 15,871 which had been lodged in the previous 12 months.

Jonathan Portes, a professor at King’s College London, said historically individuals from outside the EU were more likely to apply for UK citizenship than those from member states.

But many more have now decided to set the process in motion because of uncertainty arising from the Brexit vote.

Another commentator, Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, agreed that the tumult which followed the referendum may have swayed a good many individuals into trying to “solidify their rights.”

One of the most dramatic increases related to German citizens, among whom applications almost tripled.

There were also sizeable increases among the eight nations which joined the EU back in 2004; among them Poland, which accounted for the single largest number of applications (6,179).

Under the current rules, EU citizens must have lived in Britain for a period of at least five years before they are able to seek British citizenship by naturalisation.

Successful applicants are required to take an oath of allegiance and pledge to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.

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