The number of Brits who are applying for an Irish passport increased by 22 percent during the year, at more than double the amount of annual applications as compared to that before the 2016 Brexit referendum.
According to figures that were released by the foreign office of Ireland today, nearly 100,000 eligible applicants from the United Kingdom looked for a way to retain their EU membership this year.
The ministry disclosed: “The number of applicants from Northern Ireland and Great Britain continues to rise since the Brexit vote in June 2016.,”
The number was an increase from the 81,000 that were recorded last year, and 46,000 in 2015 before the referendum prompted an increase in the applications.
Around 6 million British people are eligible for an Irish passport, if they have been born in either Northern Ireland or Ireland, or have a parent or grandparent that is Irish. They can also maintain dual citizenship with the United Kingdom. It is believed that approximately 6 million citizens of the United Kingdom are entitled to hold dual UK–Irish citizenship on this basis.
In Northern Ireland, where the citizens can own both British and Irish passports, the registrations for an Irish passport increased by two percent by the end of the month.
Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign minister, said that the year had been a record-breaking year for applications from Great Britain. During the busiest period this year, approximately 6,500 passport applications were made in just one day.
This year, a total of 822,581 travel documents were issued by the government of Ireland.
Before the Brexit referendum, the increase in application rates for Irish passports from the United Kingdom had remained largely static for at least four years.
Outside of the United Kingdom, New York was the next Irish consulate to have received the largest amount of passport applications which were then followed by Canberra, Pretoria, San Francisco and Ottawa.