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Acquisition of EU citizenship

23/07/2019

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In 2017, 825 000 persons acquired a citizenship of a Member State in the EU. The Member States where most people acquired citizenship in 2017 were Italy (18 % of all acquired citizenships in the EU), the United Kingdom (15 %), Germany and France (14 % each), Sweden and Spain (8 % each).

The main beneficiaries of an EU citizenship were people from Morocco (8 %), Albania (7 %), India and Turkey (4 % each). France, Spain and Italy (together 83 %) were the main Member States where people from Morocco acquired citizenship, while for those from Albania it was in Greece and Italy (together 97 %). The United Kingdom (53 %) was the main Member State where the population from India acquired citizenship, while for those from Turkey it was Germany (50 %).

Click on the visualisation below, to see to which citizens the EU Member States have granted citizenship, and vice versa:

For more information, have a look at the new digital publication from Eurostat: People on the move – statistics on mobility in Europe.

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