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UK passport applications from EU nationals rose 14 percent before referendum

26 August 2016

There was a 14% spike in applications for British citizenship by European Union nationals living in the UK in the run-up to the EU referendum in June sparked by uncertainty over the outcome of the vote, Home Office figures show.The 14% rise in applications for British passports from EU nationals to 15,501 included a 26% rise in applications from Italians and a 9% rise from Polish nationals in Britain.The disclosure comes as the latest set of immigration figures published on Thursday show that net annual migration to Britain had already started to dip before the referendum.The referendum campaign was dominated by the publication of net migration figures showing annual net migration in 2015 rising to a near-record level of 333,000 and appearing out of control.Source

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