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EU Member States granted citizenship to almost 1 million people in 2013

Date Published: 07-07-2015

In 2013, nearly 985,000 persons acquired citizenship of an EU Member State, an increase of 20% (or 163,000 persons) compared to 2012. 

The main contribution to the increase in persons acquiring EU Member State citizenship in 2013 came from:

  • Spain (an increase of 131,700 from 2012)[1]
  • Italy (an increase of 35,300)
  • United Kingdom (an increase of 13,600)
  • Greece (an increase of 9,200)

The most new citizenships were granted in:

  • Spain (225,800 persons or 23% of all citizenships granted in the EU in 2013)
  • United Kingdom (207,500 or 21%)
  • Germany (115,100 or 12%)
  • Italy (100,700 or 10%) and
  • France (97,300 or 10%)

Ireland granted citizenship to 24,263 persons in 2013, which represents a slight decrease on 2012 figures (25,000 people).

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

  • Ireland (5.3 per thousand persons)
  • Sweden (5.2)
  • Spain (4.8)
  • Luxembourg (4.7)

In 2013, the largest groups that acquired citizenship of an EU Member State were citizens of:

  • Moroccans (86,500 or 8.8%)
  • Indians (48,300 or 4.9%)
  • Turks (46,500 or 4.7%)
  • Colombia (42,000 or 4.2%
  • Albanians (41,700 or 4.2%)

In Ireland, the largest groups that acquired citizenship[2] in the same period were citizens of:

  • Nigeria (5,800 or 25.7%)
  • India (3,000 or 13.4%)
  • Philippines (2,500 or 11.1%)
  • Pakistan (1,800 or 8%)
  • Ukraine (700 or 3.1%)

For more information:

See: Eurostat News Release 

Eurostat Acquisition of citizenship statistics



[1] The increase in Spain is a consequence of a change in the source of information, concept and time reference

[2] Figures for Ireland are provisional

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