In 2010, 810,500 persons acquired citizenship of an EU27
member country. The highest number of citizenships were granted by the United
Kingdom (195 000 persons), France (143 000), Spain (124 000)
and Germany (105 000) which together accounted for 70% of all
citizenships granted by the EU27 member countries.
Compared with 2009, the number of
acquisitions rose by 4% in the EU27 in 2010, mainly due to an increase in
the number of citizenships granted by Spain.
The new citizens in the EU27 in 2010 came from Africa
(29% of the total number of citizenships acquired), Asia (23%),
non-EU27 Europe (19%), North and South America (19%), another EU27
member country (9%) and Oceania (1%).
These data on the acquisition of citizenship of the EU27 member
countries are taken from
a report [pdf] issued by Eurostat, the statistics office of the European
Highest number of citizenships granted per 1000 inhabitants in
Luxembourg, Sweden, Belgium and the United Kingdom
When compared with the total population of each member country,
the highest rates of citizenship granted were recorded in Luxembourg (8.6
citizenships granted per 1 000 inhabitants), Sweden (3.5), Belgium
(3.2) and the United Kingdom (3.1). Twelve member countries granted less
than one citizenship per 1 000 inhabitants. On average, 1.6 citizenships were
granted per 1 000 inhabitants in the EU27.
The number of citizenships granted can also be related to the
number of resident foreigners i.e. non-nationals resident in the member country.
The highest rates were registered in Portugal (5.6 citizenships granted
per 100 resident foreigners), Poland (5.0), Sweden (4.9), the
United Kingdom (4.6) and Malta (4.5), and the lowest in the Czech
Republic (0.3), Slovakia (0.4) and Lithuania (0.5). On
average, 2.4 citizenships were granted per 100 resident foreigners in the
Highest numbers of citizenships in the EU27 acquired by
Moroccans, Turks, Ecuadorians and Indians
In 2010, the largest groups that acquired citizenship of an EU27
member country were citizens of Morocco (67 000 persons), Turkey
(49 900), Ecuador (45 200), India (34 700) and Colombia (27
500). Among the member countries with the highest total number of citizenships
acquired, the largest groups in the United Kingdom were Indians
(15% of total citizenships acquired) and Pakistanis (11%), in France,
they were Moroccans (19% of total citizenships acquired) and Algerians
(15%), in Spain, they were Ecuadorians (35%) and Colombians
(19%) and in Germany they were Turks (25%).
In some member countries, a large part of the citizenships was
granted to citizens from only one country. The member countries with the highest
concentrations were Hungary (65% from Romania) and Greece
(65% from Albania). In Latvia and Estonia, 96% and 91%
respectively of the new citizens were recognised non-
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