Citing recent figures, Germany's Federal Statistical Office noted that 2,865 United Kingdom citizens gained German citizenship in 2016, an eye-opening 361-percent increase over 2015.
The number of United Kingdom citizens seeking German passports has risen sharply over the past year, according to a Tuesday announcement by Berlin's Federal Statistical Office. In all, 110,383 people were given German citizenship, a 2.9 per cent increase. The rise is likely to be far greater this year as it takes several months to obtain a German passport.
As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, its citizens are rushing to retain ties to the bloc before the divorce is complete.
Some Britons may be concerned that Britain will make a hard Brexit, leaving it outside the single market and with limited freedom of movement in the bloc.
The biggest group came from Turkey, with 16,290 people becoming German - a 17.3% drop, following declines in previous years.
Almost 60 percent of new German citizens had their origins in Europe, with 29 percent thereof arriving from within the EU.
Foreigners can apply for German citizenship after eight years' residence. European Union and Swiss nationals are allowed to become German citizens and keep their other passports, but everybody else has to satisfy certain criteria-not applicable to many Brits-or else be forced to renounce their previous citizenship in favor of becoming German.