Germany's federal statistics office said this was a 361% increase on the number granted citizenship in 2015 and the highest annual figure ever. In all, 110,383 people were given German citizenship, a 2.9 per cent increase.
In the event of a so-called "Hard Brexit" scenario, in which Britain leaves the European Union as well as its single market, British citizens are likely to lose their right to live and work across the 27 member states of the European Union.
Berlin's statistical agency noted that it expects the number of United Kingdom citizens applying for German citizenship to rise even more as the UK's expected 2019 separation date from the bloc approaches.
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Following the popular referendum in the country to separate from the European Union, many United Kingdom citizens are taking steps to become German nationals, according to a new report from Deutsche Welle.
The largest group of people taking up German citizenship came from Turkey, although the total of 16,290 was down 17.3% from previous year.
Almost 60 percent of new German citizens had their origins in Europe, with 29 percent thereof arriving from within the EU.
Some 6,632 Poles became Germans in 2016, an increase of 11.3 per cent. Nationals of other European Union countries and Switzerland can keep their existing passports.