HOW MANY BRITS LIVE IN GERMANY?
The German Statistics Authority or Statistisches Bundesamt (website in German and English) released their latest 2021 figures in 2022. According to these figures, there are 168,000 British citizens registered as living in Germany as of 2021.
HOW MANY BRITISH CITIZENS HAVE RECEIVED DUAL GERMAN/BRITISH CITIZENSHIP SINCE THE BREXIT REFERENDUM IN 2016?
The headline figures are the unprecedented number of British citizens that have been given German citizenship since the Brexit referendum in June 2016.
Since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, over 40,000 British nationals have been granted German citizenship and in total over 73,000 British citizens in Germany are now dual German/British citizens according to the latest published German statistics. (available also in English)
WHAT’S THE BREAK DOWN BY FEDERAL STATE?
The Statistisches Bundesamt, Destatis in 2017 reported Berlin for the first time to have more Brits than Nordrhein-Westfalen. 26, 840 was the number of Brits recorded as registered in Berlin, compared to 25.125 in Nordrhein-Westfalen. For the full break down by Federal State see Destatis website in English
HOW MANY BRITS LIVE IN EUROPE?
There are around 1.24 million Brits living in Europe according to the latest 2015 UN global migration database figures in agreement with Fullfact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity. (who probably got their figures from the UN report)
Previous figures from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in 2006, put it around 2.1 million.
WHY DO THE FIGURES VARY?
Evidently, the figures are not completely accurate as requirements for registration vary across nation states, some people live part time in one country and part time back in the UK and some do not register with their local authorities.
HOW MANY BRITS IN EUROPE ARE PENSIONERS?
Of the 1.24 million Brits in Europe, British in Europe estimate that around 200 – 250,000 are retired. So no more than 20%. The rest being of working age. There is a common misconception that the majority of Brits in Europe are retired. That’s simply not the case. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) pays out 490,869 British pensions a year according to the latest Sept 2016 from Stat-Xplore operated by the DWP. It’s important to remember that a considerable number of these pensions will be received by non-British EU nationals who have gained a British pension by working in the UK and since left for retirement. Therefore that 490,869 figure is significantly reduced. According to Eurostat data from 2011, 79% of British pensions sent to Ireland are given to Irish citizens whereas 89% of British pensions sent to Spain are given to British citizens. Evidently the numbers of Brits at pension age in different countries varies considerably.
HOW MANY BRITS LIVE ABROAD AND WHERE?
Fullfact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity, in their ‘Brits Abroad’ report estimated that 5.5 million British people live permanently abroad – almost one in 10 of the UK population. They estimate that 1.24 million Brits live in the EU which is broken down as follows:
Spain had the most British citizens living in Europe at 310,000
The Republic of Ireland at 250,000
France at 190,000
Germany is around 168,000
Italy at 26,000
As we’ve said figures vary somewhat between different data collecting and monitoring organisations but the proportion of Brits in different countries in the EU remain roughly the same.