Russians included in top-10 of recipients acquired citizenship in EU

Russians included in top-10 of recipients acquired citizenship in EU

Russians were included in the top-10 of recipients acquired citizenship of a Member State of the European Union, according to an article issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

In 2016, around 995 000 persons acquired citizenship of a Member State of the EU, up from 841 000 in 2015. Of the total number of persons obtaining the citizenship of one of the EU Member States in 2016, 12% were former citizens of another EU Member State, while the majority were non-EU citizens or stateless.

The largest group acquiring citizenship of an EU Member State where they lived in 2016 was citizens of Morocco (101 300 persons, of whom 89% acquired citizenship of Spain, Italy or France), ahead of citizens of Albania (67 500, 97% acquired citizenship of Italy or Greece), India (41 700, almost 60% acquired British citizenship), Pakistan (32 900, more than half acquired British citizenship), Turkey (32 800, almost half acquired German citizenship), Romania (29 700, 44% acquired Italian citizenship), and Ukraine (24 000, 60% acquired citizenship of Germany, Romania, Portugal or Italy). Russians ranked 9th (22 400 persons, of whom 21.6% acquired German citizenship, 18.3% - French, 9.1% - Finnish).

Moroccans, Albanians, Indians, Pakistanis, Turks, Romanians, and Ukrainians represented together about a third (33%) of the total number of persons who acquired citizenship of an EU Member State in 2016. Romanians (29 700 persons) and Poles (19 800) were the two largest groups of EU citizens acquiring citizenship of another EU Member State.

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