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Thursday, January 22, 2015
AQUISITION OF CITIZENSHIP STATISTICS
AQUISITION OF CITIZENSHIP STATISTICS [18 November 2014]
In 2012, 818 100 people obtained citizenship of an EU-28 Member
State, an increase of 4.0 % compared with 2011; More people had
acquired the citizenship of an EU Member State than in any other year
during the period from 2002 to 2011. The main contribution to the
increase at EU level came from United Kingdom (+16 300), followed by
Ireland (+14 300) and Sweden (+13 500). The increase in Ireland,
however, is a consequence of the efforts in the past two years to reduce
the backlog of citizenship applications.
new citizenships in 2012 were granted by the United Kingdom (193 900 or
24 %), Germany (114 600 or 14 %), France (96 100 or 12 %), Spain
(94 100 or 12 %) and Italy (65 400 or 8.0 %).
those acquiring citizenship of an EU-28 Member State, 87 % had
previously been citizens of non-EU countries. Of these, citizens of
Morocco and Turkey made up the highest numbers, followed by citizens of
India, Ecuador and Iraq.
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