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Portuguese with British citizenship soar 54% after Brexit vote

Staff Writer |
The number of Portuguese citizens that acquired British citizenship rose 54% in 2018 compared to 2018, totalling 1,905, according to figures released by Britain's home secretary.

From 2013 the average number of naturalisations of Portuguese citizens in the UK ranged between 500 and 600 but in 2017 the number soared to 1,234, a rise of 84% from 672 the previous year.

This tendency comes after 52% of British people voted in a referendum for the UK to leave the European Union.

The number of Europeans that became UK citizens went from 13,000 in 2015 to 17,200 (32% more) in 2016, 31,826 in 2017 (85% more) and 47,596 in 2018 (50% more).

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