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Number of Britons granted German citizenship quadruples

The number of Britons granted German citizenship quadrupled last year as the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Germany's Federal Statistical Office said 2,865 Britons became German citizens in 2016. It was 361% more than in 2015 and the highest annual number yet measured for Britons.

Britons were, however, still a relatively small group. In all, 110,383 people were given German citizenship, a 2.9% increase.

Turks were the biggest group, with 16,290 becoming German - a 17.3% drop, following declines in previous years. Poles were the second-biggest, with 6,632.

Foreigners can apply for German citizenship after eight years' residence. Nationals of other EU countries and Switzerland can keep their existing passports.

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