35,000 Indians acquired EU citizenship in 2014

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Brussels, June 14 (IANS) Around 35,000 Indians acquired citizenship of a member state of the European Union in 2014.

Around 890,000 persons globally acquired EU citizenship, of whom 35,300 were Indians, according to Eurostat.

The EU’s statistical bureau said 63.6 per cent Indians opted for citizenship in Britain, 14.2 per cent for Italy and 8.3 per cent for Ireland.

The number of Pakistanis acquiring an EU citizenship in 2014 was 25,100, of whom 51.7 per cent took the citizenship of Britain, 16.8 per cent of Italy and 13.2 per cent of Spain.

The largest number of citizenship of an EU member state in 2014 was acquired by Moroccans (92,700 persons), ahead of Albania (41,000), Turkey (37,500) followed by India, Eurostat reported.

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