Almost 820k new EU citizens in 2012

by Mattia Rosini - 2014.11.19
Almost 820k new EU citizens in 2012
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In 2012, 818,000 persons acquired citizenship of an EU28 Member State, up by 4% compared with 2011 and by 6% compared with 2009. Looking at the data from Eurostat, it turns out that the UK granted most citizenships (193,900 individuals, or 23.7%) followed by Germany and France. However, the highest naturalization rates were registered in Hungary – with 12.8 citizenships granted per 100 resident foreigners. On average, 2.4 citizenships were granted per 100 resident foreigners. More than 85% of the new European citizens came from non-EU countries, while only in Luxembourg and Hungary the vast majority were citizens of another EU28 Member State. The most new EU citizens were Moroccans (59,300 persons, of which 53% acquired citizenship of France or Italy), Turks, Indians, Ecuadorians or Iraqis. These nationalities account all together for 25% of the total number of persons that acquired EU citizenship in 2012.

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