EU granted citizenship to almost 900,000 persons in 2014
Since 2009, more than 5 million persons in total were granted a citizenship of an EU Member Sate. Of the total number of persons obtaining the citizenship of one of the EU Member States in 2014, 89% were non-EU citizens.
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. ■