British Demand for Irish Passports Rises Ahead of Brexit

(Bloomberg) -- British demand for Irish passports surged in 2018 as Brexit moved closer.

Out of the total number of applications in the year to December 14, 98,544 came from Great Britain, an increase of 22 percent from the year-earlier period, the foreign ministry said in Dublin.

British Demand for Irish Passports Rises Ahead of Brexit

The U.K.’s vote to leave the EU has raised concerns that its citizens could lose the right to live and work in Europe without restrictions, and an Irish passport is seen as a shortcut to retaining access to those rights. Some 84,855 applications came from Northern Ireland.

In all, 822,000 Irish passports were issued in 2018, the ministry said.

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