Over 3,000 Britons have obtained Belgian citizenship since the Brexit referendum

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Since voters in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum held in June 2016 3,454 British nationals living in Belgium have obtained Belgian citizenship.

The figures on the number of Britons that have obtained Belgian citizenship since the Brexit vote come from the Federal Bureau of Statistics Statbel.

The figures cover the period up to and including 31 May this year. The number of British nationals obtaining Belgian citizenships has risen sharply since the beginning of the year. During the first five months of 2019 an average of 119 Britons/month obtained Belgian citizenship. This compares with 82 per month last year.

The figure for June 2016, the month in which the Brexit referendum took place, just 22 British nationals were granted Belgian citizenship.

A large portion (more than 2,000) of the Britons that have obtained Belgian citizenship over the past three years work for the European institutions.

 

Via VRT

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