More Britons are applying for Spanish citizenship due to Brexit

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INCREASE: The number of requests from Britons to apply for Spanish citizenship has tripled. Photo: Shutterstock

SINCE 2015, the number of requests from Britons to apply for Spanish citizenship has tripled.

The Spanish media claim this increase is due to the uncertainty of Brexit.

Spain’s General Department for Registries and Notaries reported that 166 Britons requested Spanish citizenship so far this year.

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Although the number is not as high as Morocco (10,067) and Venezuela (2,001), it is over three times the recorded number of requests from Britons in 2015 (50).

These new figures mean that Britain is now in fourth place on the list of EU members requesting Spanish citizenship.

Only Bulgarians, Italians and Romanians have requested more citizenship applications than Britain in 2018.

The UK and Germany were tied in seventh position in the same rankings in 2015.

The British community in Spain has dropped significantly in recent years, from 400,000 at its peak to 250,000 today.

This means more British people live in Spain than any other country in the European Union.

An open letter from the British ambassador, Simon Manley, to British nationals living in Spain

 

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