840,000 granted EU citizenship in 2015

Around 840,000 people acquired citizenship of a member state of the European Union in 2015 — down from 890,000 in 2014 and 980,000 in 2013 — according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

About 87% of these people were non-EU citizens.

Since 2010, more than 5 million people were granted citizenship of an EU member sate.

The largest group acquiring citizenship in 2015 were citizens of Morocco — with 86,100 people from that country acquiring citizenship. Roughly 88% of them acquired citizenship of Italy, Spain or France.

About 48,400 citizens of Albania were granted citizenship — 96% of them in Italy or Greece.

About 35,000 people from Turkey were granted citizenship — 56% of them in Germany.

From India, about 31,000 people acquired citizenship — with almost 60% of them acquiring British citizenship.

From Romania, 28,400 were granted citizenship, with half of them acquiring Italian citizenship.

From Pakistan, 26,300 were granted citizenship, with half acquiring British citizenship.

From Algeria, 22,500 acquired citizenship — more than 75% of them in France.


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