Brits Rushing to Apply for European Union Passports
Thousands of Britons are worried about losing access to the rest of the European Union and therefore are standing in long lines hoping get their EU passports from other countries that are in the 28-nation bloc.
Embassy and consulate offices for Italy, Germany, Sweden, Hungary and Poland all have reported a surge in the interest of gaining a passport following the vote of Brexit last month.
The German embassy located in London is receiving close to 200 emails and calls per day since the vote took place, an increase of tenfold from their normal levels, said an embassy spokesperson.
The pace slowed slightly last week but is still over 100 people daily contacting the German embassy. In the Italian embassy located in the UK, calls are coming in heavy as well with over 500 received since the vote from people asking about applications for Italian citizenship.
A spokesperson from the Italian embassy said they usually receive only 10 calls per year about that subject.
The Swedish Migration Agency reported as well a surge of six fold in applications for citizenship during the three weeks following the Brexit vote. However, that rose even more to a current 120 weekly calls about the subject of citizenship.
In Hungary and Poland diplomatic missions, an elevated number of calls have also been seen. Dozens applied prior to the vote reported the Polish embassy, but since the referendum vote, close to 250 emails have been received soliciting information about citizenship.
The consulate of Hungary in London announced that he was contacted by 150 people following the Brexit vote, in comparison to less than two each month over the last six months.
A number of people have also asked the Republic of Ireland, since citizens of the UK that have parents or grandparents that are Irish can have passports.
The foreign affairs minister of Ireland, Charlie Flanagan said late in June that following the referendum in the UK there was a big spike in Irish passport interest in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and elsewhere.
He added that the surge in the applications would create a significant amount of pressure on the country’s system.
The country of Northern Ireland is a member of the UK and therefore is leaving the EU.
The biggest way people can gain citizenship from another member of the EU is though proving they have origins or ancestors from the country they are attempting to gain citizenship in. Others will try to gain citizenship through an investment program the countries offer.