Monday, August 22, 2016

Brexit sees rush on German passport applications

An interesting paragraph in the German Constitution which is called the 'Basic Law'.

Last year the German embassy in London recieved 400 applications for passports under this regulation. And since Brexit the numbers seeking German passports has increased.

Article 116
[Defnition of “German” – Restoration of citizenship]
(1) Unless otherwise provided by a law, a German within the meaning of this Basic Law is a person who possesses German citizenship or who has been admitted to the territory of the German Reich within the boundaries of 31 December 1937 as a refugee or expellee of German ethnic origin or as the spouse or descendant of such person.

(2) Former German citizens who between 30 January 1933 and 8 May 1945 were deprived of their citizenship on political, racial or religious grounds, and their descendants, shall on application have their citizenship restored. They shall be deemed never to have been deprived of their citizenship if they have established their domicile in Germany after 8 May 1945 and have not expressed a contrary intention.

And this the preamble to the 'Basic Law'
Conscious of their responsibility before God and man, Inspired by the determination to promote world peace as an equal partner in a united Europe, the German people, in the exercise of their constituent power, have adopted this Basic Law. Germans in the Länder of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia have achieved the unity and freedom of Germany in free self-determination. This Basic Law thus applies to the entire German people.

2 comments:

Simon Gardner said...

I started getting the document trail together to do this the day Cameron announced the referendum. It took me until June 16 finally to get everything they needed in to the German embassy.

I've been German since August 10. My sister should also be German shortly.

Bit of a delay on actual passports due to pressure of applicants at the moment.

Michael Commane said...

Thank you for your comment. You are not by any chance the man who featured in an article some time back in 'The Irish Times'?
I wish you well with your new citizenship. It's a lovely document to have and long may it stay so. Well worth the wait. But the horror and terror that caused it all is a very different story.
Congrats. And delighted you read the blog.