Saturday 19 October 2019

More Brits in Amsterdam are going Dutch as Brexit looms

The number of British nationals living in Amsterdam wanting to become Dutch because of Brexit is increasing.

Amsterdam local council registered 102 requests to be granted Dutch nationality in 2017 compared to 15 in 2015, figures from the OIS council registry office show. It’s a trend that is likely to continue in the coming years, the OIS said.

The number of immigrants from the Britain is also increasing. Last year 2,800 people from Britain came to the capital of whom 56 % were British and 16% Dutch returnees. British immigrants now top the list of foreign nationals coming to Amsterdam which is currently home to 13,000 people from Britain.

National figures

In the year of the Brexit vote some 230,000 British nationals came to the Netherlands, over 30,000 more than the previous year. Nationality changes rocketed: from 166 in 2015 to 636 in 2016.

The Netherlands is home to some 86,000 people with British nationality, of whom 47,000 are first generation migrants, according to figures from the national statistics office CBS. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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