Citizenship 2018

Acquisition of citizenship in the EU 2018

EU citizenship

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that in 2018 ...

... Germany and Italy were the top citizenship-granting countries in the EU (both 17% of new citizenships granted), followed by France (16%), Spain (14%) and Sweden (9%)?

… about eight out of every ten new EU citizens were previously citizens of a non-EU country? The main origins were Morocco (67 200, or 10%), Albania (47 400, or 7%) and Turkey (28 400, or 4%)?

… the number of former British citizens who have acquired another EU citizenship increased to 16 193 during 2018 (+7.6% compared to 2017)?

Luxembourg granted the highest number of citizenships in relation to its population (11.4 per thousand persons), followed by Sweden (6.3) and Cyprus (3.7)?

... the highest proportion of citizenship acquisitions by women was recorded in Cyprus (57 %), while the highest by men (65%) was in Romania?

Latvia and France registered the highest shares of grants of citizenship to children aged under 15 (both 34%), while the highest shares of grants to people aged over 55 were recorded in Bulgaria and Malta (24 % and 23 %, respectively)?

Source: Eurostat, Acquisition of citizenship statistics. Date of extraction: 26.03.2020

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