The number of men holding dual citizenship who surrender their South Korean nationality has surged ahead of new legislation which will ban young men from renouncing their citizenship before completing their military service. Authorities in Seoul have been swamped in the past few days with people eager to waive their citizenship ahead of the new law which is expected to come into force next month. Usually about 20 people a month give up their Korean passports, but that figure surged to 386 last month, according to Seoul's immigration bureau. 'Given that more than 95 per cent of applicants are men, this looks like an attempt to dodge military service,' said one immigration official. Opposition conservative lawmaker Hong Joon-pyo, who spearheaded the passage of the new law, called on the Justice Ministry to screen applicants and bar them from abandoning their citizenship if they are suspected of trying to dodge the draft. Mr Hong also said he would introduce another bill later this year to strip any proven draft dodgers of the privileges of citizenship. 'They will be treated as foreigners and lose all rights ... including health and educational benefits.' All healthy Korean men are meant to complete around two years of military service between the age of 20 and 30. Although the draft is largely unpopular, not least because it disrupts education, public opinion has been critical of those willing to give up citizenship to avoid it. In an editorial, the conservative Chosun newspaper chided parents for casually giving up citizenship on behalf of their children. 'How can these parents have found it so easy to make the decision for their children in the few days since the bill was passed? ... Is the Republic of Korea valued so little that they need not fear that their children will turn round and ask them, 'Why did you deprive me of my citizenship?' '