Another festive citizenship ceremony in London
A citizenship ceremony was held at the Dutch Embassy in the UK on Thursday morning 7 November. Twenty-five British nationals with a Dutch parent received their Dutch nationality at that ceremony. They pledged – in Dutch – to be good Dutch citizens and subsequently received their documents and a gift – a chocolate letter – from Ambassador Simon Smits.
©Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom
More people opt for Dutch nationality since Brexit referendum
These new Dutch nationals had not automatically gained Dutch citizenship by birth, despite their mother (or grandmother) being Dutch. People born before 1985 to a Dutch mother and a non-Dutch father automatically obtained the father's nationality. In 1985 this changed, but not retrospectively. Since 2010 it is possible for the people affected (born pre-1985 to a Dutch mother and non-Dutch father) to opt for Dutch nationality. Once they are Dutch, their children can also become Dutch.
Before the Brexit referendum hardly any British nationals with Dutch roots opted for this possibility, but since 23 June 2016 more than 450 people have rightfully claimed their Dutch nationality at the Dutch Embassy in the UK.