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EU27 Member States granted citizenship to approximately 810,000 persons in 2010

Date Published: 06-12-2012

In 2010, 810,500 persons acquired citizenship of an EU27 Member State. The highest number of citizenships were granted by the United Kingdom (195,000 persons), France (143,000), Spain (124,000) and Germany (105,000) which together accounted for 70 per cent of all citizenships granted by the EU27 Member States.

Ireland granted citizenship to 6,400 in 2010, which represents an increase of 42 per cent on 2009 figures (4,500).

When compared with the total population of each Member State, the highest rates of citizenship granted were recorded in:

  • Luxembourg (8.6 citizenships granted per 1,000 inhabitants)
  • Sweden (3.5)
  • Belgium (3.2) and
  • the United Kingdom (3.1).

On average, 1.6 citizenships were granted per 1,000 inhabitants in the EU27. Ireland was below the average with 1.4 citizenships granted per 1,000 inhabitants in 2010.

In 2010, the largest groups that acquired citizenship of an EU27 Member State were citizens of:

  • Morocco
  • Turkey and
  • Ecuador.

In Ireland, the largest groups that acquired citizenship in the same period were citizens of:

  • Nigeria
  • Philippines and
  • India.

For more information:

See Eurostat release 

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