Malta Granted Citizenship To Nearly 2,000 People In 2017

7th March 2019

Half of the EU’s member states granted citizenship to more people in 2017 than they did in 2016.

Malta granted citizenship to 1,973 people in 2017, up by 32 per cent from 1,495 in 2016, according to EU statistics agency Eurostat.

Half of the EU’s member states granted citizenship to more people in 2017 than they did in 2016. Besides Malta, the largest relative increases were recorded in Romania (from 4,527 persons in 2016 to 6,804 persons in 2017, or +50 per cent), Luxembourg (from 3,315 to 4,980, also +50 per cent), Slovakia (from 484 to 645, or +33 per cent), and Finland (from 9,375 to 12,219, or +30 per cent).

The number of citizenships granted fell in the other half of the Member States in 2017, with the largest decrease registered in Croatia (from 3,973 to 688, or -83 per cent), followed by Spain (from 150,944 to 66,498, or -56 per cent), Denmark (from 15,028 to 7,272, or -52 per cent), and Estonia (from 1,780 to 880, or -51 per cent).

As Brexit approaches, 14,911 citizens of the United Kingdom acquired citizenship in other EU member states, up from 6,555 people in 2016.

In 2017, the highest naturalisation rates were registered in Sweden (8.2 citizenships granted per 100 resident foreigners), Romania (5.9) and Finland (5.0), followed by Portugal (4.5), Greece (4.2) and Cyprus (3.9).

In 2017, around 825,000 persons acquired citizenship of an EU member state, down from 995,000 in 2016 and 841,000 in 2015. Of the total number of persons obtaining the citizenship of one of the EU Member States in 2017, 17 per cent were former citizens of another EU Member State, while the majority were non-EU citizens or stateless.


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