Citizenship 2017

Acquisition of citizenship in the EU 2017

EU citizenship

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that in 2017 ...

... Italy was the top citizenship-granting country in the EU (18% of new citizenships granted), followed by the United Kingdom (15%), Germany and France (both 14%) and Sweden (8%)?

… eight out of every ten new EU citizens were previously citizens of a non-EU country? The main origins were Morocco (67 900, or 8%), Albania (58 900, or 7%) and India (31 600, or 4%)?

… the number of former British citizens who have acquired another EU citizenship increased to 14 911 during 2017 (+127% compared to 2016)?

Luxembourg granted the highest number of citizenships in relation to their population (8.4 per thousand persons), followed by Sweden (6.9) and Cyprus (6.4)?

... the highest proportion of citizenship acquisitions by women was recorded in Romania (64 %), while the highest by men (43%) was in Slovenia?

Sweden and France registered the highest share of grants of citizenship to children aged under 15 (34%), while the highest share of grants to people aged over 55 was recorded in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Malta (18%)?

Source: Eurostat, Acquisition of citizenship statistics. Date of extraction: 04.03.2019

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