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776,000 persons granted EU citizenship by EU27 in 2009

Date Published: 16-06-2011

According to Eurostat, in 2009 the highest number of citizenship granted were by the United Kingdom (204,000 persons), France (136,000) and Germany (96,000), accounting for more than half of all citizenships granted by EU27.

The highest number of citizenships granted per 100 resident foreigners were in:

  • Portugal (5.8 citizenships granted per 100 resident foreigners)
  • Sweden (5.3)
  • Poland and the United Kingdom (both 4.8)

The lowest rates were in:

  • the Czech Republic (0.3)
  • Lithuania and Slovakia (both 0.5)

In 2009, the new citizens in the EU27 came mainly from:

  • Africa (29% of the total number of citizenships acquired)
  • Asia (24%)
  • non-EU27 Europe (22%)
  • North and South America (15%) and
  • Oceania (1%)

The largest country groups acquiring citizenship of an EU27 Member State were citizens of:  

  • Morocco (59,900 persons)
  • Turkey (51,900)
  • India (31,100)
  • Ecuador (27,800) and
  • Albania (26,700)

Citizens of one EU27 Member State who acquired citizenship in another Member State accounted for 8% of the total figure.

For more information:

See Eurostat release

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