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Feb 16, 2017
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More than 100 British citizens have gained Belgian citizenship in the Brussels region following the UK's decision to leave the European Union last June.

Ixelles, the municipality of Brussels with the highest number of Brits at 1,500, has had 300 people asking for information about the conditions for obtaining Belgian nationality since the Brexit vote. So far 33 have been granted Belgian citizenship and eight others are waiting.

In Brussels-City, 40 Britons have filed a request for Belgian nationality since June, and 19 of them have already received a favourable response. The remaining 21 files are still being processed.

As for the 776 British nationals in Uccle, nine obtained Belgian citizenship in 2016 and another nine since the new year, according to La Capitale.

Of the 709 British nationals in Etterbeek, 25 have acquired Belgian nationality since 1 January 2016 while three others are still awaiting a decision.

Woluwe-Saint-Lambert has 612 British nationals. Since the referendum vote, 12 of them have become Belgian and 23 are still waiting.

In Auderghem, seven British citizens out of the 346 living in the municipality have become Belgian and 10 applications are in progress.

In Saint-Gilles there are 450 British nationals. Twelve cases were introduced in 2016 and nine cases filed so far in 2017. Two British citizens have been granted Belgian nationality last year.

For Berchem-Sainte-Agathe and its 423 British nationals, three applications were concluded last year.

In Watermael-Boitsfort, which counts 263 British, 11 files out of 19 introduced in 2016 received a positive opinion and the other eight are still awaiting reply. In addition, in 2017, four new cases are being processed.

Comment
Marc Slonik Feb 17, 2017 09:10

It would be nice to put those figures in perspective and mention how many citizenships were granted over similar period before the Brexit. I suppose it was next to none.

Comment
fernom.office@y... Feb 17, 2017 10:32

What`s about the other European nations who requested the Belgian nationality and they are refused. The numbers of refused are more then who receive by the way.
I requested also and they are just to !busy! to even answer you. In case you request then you have to speak fluent one of the country language, so you have to live in that area where your language Fr or FL is used, or you will be denied. This is my case, in case you just enjoy to live for several years in Flemish side then you have speak Flemish at the interrogation for the Belgian Nationality, by other words in that area language where you live..<<<????>>>>

Comment
I Feb 17, 2017 22:13

Untrue. No language requirements for 5 years uninterrupted work.

Gordon Belgium an nationality this week. No language requirement

Comment
I Feb 17, 2017 22:15

Furthermore if you live in flinders and your category of declaration requires language you can provide language proof in German or French too. The language is never lands or in English Dutch and it s not Flemish.

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