Hundreds of Brits apply for Belgian citizenship after Brexit

Hundreds of British nationals have applied for Belgian citizenship following Brexit.

Around 24,000 Britons live in Belgium, and almost a third of them in Brussels, where many are employed by EU institutions and NATO.

In Brussels municipalities such as Ixelles, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert and Uccle, dozens of applications have been made since Britain voted to leave the EU.

“Normally we rarely have anybody requesting information about citizenship,” a spokeswoman for Woluwe-Saint-Lambert said. “Since Friday there has been an explosion.”

Applicants are only eligible for citizen status if they’ve lived and worked in the country for five years, and if they can show a basic command of one of Belgium’s three languages.

Those who haven’t worked in Belgium are only eligible for citizenship after a decade of living there.