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EU Member States granted citizenship to almost 900,000 persons in 2014

Date Published: 13-06-2016

In 2014, nearly 890,000 persons acquired citizenship of an EU Member State, a decrease of  9% compared to 2013 (981,000 persons). 

The most new citizenships were granted in:

  • Spain (205,900 persons, or 23% of all citizenships granted in the EU in 2014)
  • Italy (129,900 or 15%)
  • United Kingdom (125,600 or 14%)
  • Germany (110,600 or 12%) and
  • France (105,600 or 12%)

Ireland granted citizenship to 21,104 persons in 2014, which was a slight decrease on 2013 figures (24,263 persons).

In 2014, the largest groups that acquired citizenship of an EU Member State were citizens of:

  • Moroccans (92,700 or 10.4%)
  • Albanians (41,700 or 4.6%)
  • Turks (37,000 or 4.2%)
  • Indians (35,300 or 4%)
  • Ecuador (34,800 or 3.9%)
  • Colombia (27,800 or 3.1%
  • Pakistan (25,100 or 2.8%)

The two largest groups of EU citizens acquiring citizenship of another EU Member State for this period were:

  • Romanians (24,300 persons) and
  • Poles (16,100)

In Ireland, the largest groups that acquired citizenship in 2014 were citizens of:

  • Nigeria (3,300 or 18.1%)
  • India (2,900 or 16.2%)
  • Philippines (2,200 or 12%)
  • Pakistan (1,200 or 6.8%)
  • China (600 or 3.2%)

When compared with the total population of each Member State, the highest rates of citizenships granted per inhabitants:

  • Luxembourg (5.8 citizenships granted)
  • Ireland (4.6)
  • Sweden (4.5)
  • Spain (4.4)

For more information:

See: Eurostat News Release - 113/2016

Eurostat Acquisition of citizenship statistics

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