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3198 acquired Cyprus citizenship in 2018

in 2018, 3198 individuals obtained Cyprus citizenship (-14% fewer than 2017), according to the latest  Eurostat figures.

They were among some 672,300 persons who acquired citizenship of one of the 27 EU Member States, down from 700,600 in 2017 and 843,900 in 2016, according to data issued by Eurostat.

According to Eurostat, out of the total number of persons obtaining the citizenship of one of the EU Member States in 2018, 13% were former citizens of another EU Member State, while the majority were non-EU citizens or stateless.

The largest groups acquiring citizenship of an EU Member State where they lived in 2018 were citizens of:

Morocco (67,200 persons, of whom 84% acquired citizenship of Spain, Italy or France),
Albania (47,400, 97% acquired citizenship of Greece or Italy),
Turkey (28,400, 59% acquired German citizenship),
Brazil (23,100, 76% acquired citizenship of Italy or Portugal),
Romania (21,500, 51% acquired citizenship of Italy or Germany),
Algeria (18,400, 81% acquired French citizenship),
the United Kingdom (16,200, 59% acquired citizenship of Germany or France),
Syria (16,000, 66% acquired citizenship of Sweden),
Russia (15,800, 31% acquired German citizenship) and
Ukraine (15,400, 55% acquired citizenship of Germany, Poland or Italy).

Romanians (21,500 persons), Poles (13,900) and Italians (8100) were the three largest groups of EU citizens acquiring citizenship of another EU Member State.

More specifically in Cyprus 3198 individuals obtained citizenship of the country (-14% less than 2017). The breakdown was 20.6%  from the United Kingdom, 19.6% from Russia and 11.5% from Greece.

In Greece 27,857 individuals obtained the citizenship of the country -19% less than in 2017. Out of them 86.9% came from Albania  1.4% form Ukraine and 1.3% from Russia.

The number of citizenships granted fell in 14 EU Member States in 2018, with the largest relative decrease registered in Denmark (from 7 272 in 2017 to 2836 in 2018, or -61%) and Malta (from 1 973 to 1 044, or -47%), followed by Czechia (from 3480 to 2317, or -33%), Lithuania (from 187 to 130, or -30%), Finland (from 12 219 to 9211, or -25%) and Italy (from 146 605 to 112,523, or -23%).

13 of 27 EU Member States granted citizenship to more people in 2018 than they did in 2017. The largest relative increases were recorded in Luxembourg (from 4980 persons to 6950 persons, or +40%), Spain (from 66,498 to 90 774, +37%), Slovenia (from 1563 to 1 978, or +27%), Hungary (from 2787 to 3508, or +26%), Croatia (from 688 to 853, or +24%) and Poland (from 4233 to 5115, or +21%).

The naturalisation rate is the ratio of the number of persons who acquired the citizenship of a country during a year over the stock of foreign residents in the same country at the beginning of the year. In 2018, the highest naturalisation rates were registered in Sweden (7.2 citizenships granted per 100 resident foreigners), Romania (5.6) and Portugal (5.1), followed by Finland (3.7), Greece (3.4), the Netherlands (2.8) and Belgium (2.6).

At the opposite end of the scale, naturalisation rates below 1 citizenship acquisition per 100 resident foreigners were recorded in Estonia and Czechia (both 0.4), Lithuania (0.5), Denmark and Latvia (both 0.6), Austria (0.7), as well as Slovakia (1.0).

(Cyprus News Agency)

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