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More and more Britons want to be Irish, out of Brexit-fear

Short Irishman in front of the Brexit quickly? More and more Britons want and apply for the Irish passport. You fear that you will lose after the Brexit, the right to live in the countries of the EU and to work.

Shortly before the exit of their country from the EU, more and more Britons apply for the citizenship of a neighbouring country, Ireland. With more than 190,000 applications for an Irish passport, the number of 2018 have reached a new peak, informed the Ministry of foreign Affairs in Dublin.

From the British province of Northern Ireland had approximately received 84.850 of such requests, slightly more than in the previous year. Thus, the Run from Northern Ireland is particularly large - from about 66 million inhabitants, the United Kingdom, 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland. From the Rest of the UK 98.500 applications - a significant increase from 22 percent were in comparison to the previous year. Foreign Minister Simon Coveney was pleased to note the growing popularity. "The Irish passport is a valuable document," he explained.

Zum comparison: 2015 - the year prior to the Brexit vote - there were only a total of 46.229 applications.

British fear Brexit

Everyone who was born in Ireland or Northern Ireland or whose parents or grandparents from Ireland come, can apply for an Irish passport - this applies to approximately six million British. Many Britons fear that they will lose after the Brexit, the unrestricted right to live in the countries of the EU and to work. A passport of the EU member Ireland can prevent this.

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