EU granted citizenship to almost 900,000 persons in 2014Staff writer ▼ | June 14, 2016
In 2014, around 890 000 persons acquired citizenship of a Member State of the European Union (EU), down from 981,000 in 2013.
Migrants The largest group was citizens of Morocco
The largest group acquiring citizenship of an EU Member State in 2014 was citizens of Morocco (92,700 persons, of which 88% acquired citizenship of Spain, Italy or France).
They were ahead of citizens of Albania (41,000, 96% acquired citizenship of Greece or Italy), Turkey (37,500, 60% acquired German citizenship), India (35,300, almost two-thirds acquired British citizenship), Ecuador (34,800, 94% acquired Spanish citizenship), Colombia (27,800, 90% acquired Spanish citizenship) and Pakistan (25,100, around half acquired British citizenship).
Moroccans, Albanians, Turks, Indians, Ecuadorians, Colombians and Pakistanis represented together a third (33%) of the total number of persons who acquired EU citizenship in 2014.
Romanians (24,300 persons) and Poles (16,100) were the two largest groups of EU citizens acquiring citizenship of another EU Member State. Overall, a rich diversity of recipients prevails in the EU. ■