615 Rus­sians got Cyprus pass­ports in 2014

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Cyprus granted cit­i­zen­ship to 2,277 in­di­vid­u­als in 2014, ac­cord­ing to Euro­stat, out of whom 27.1% came from Rus­sia 15.5% from Greece and 15.1% from the United King­dom. Euro­stat re­ported that of the 2,277 in­di­vid­u­als, 33% were al­ready ci­ti­zens of an­other mem­ber state, while 67% were not.

In 2014, around 890,000 per­sons ac­quired cit­i­zen­ship of a Mem­ber State of the Euro­pean Union (EU), down from 981,000 in 2013. 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), 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.

In 15 EU Mem­ber States, at least 9 per­sons out of ev­ery 10 who ob­tained cit­i­zen­ship in 2014 were non- EU ci­ti­zens: Es­to­nia (100%), Bul­garia (99%), Spain, Lithua­nia and Ro­ma­nia (all 98%), Greece and Latvia (both 97%), Den­mark, Por­tu­gal and Slove­nia (all 95%), Poland (94%), Italy (93%), the United King­dom (92%), Croa­tia (91%) and France (90%).

In con­trast, Lux­em­bourg (82%), Hun­gary (77%) and – to a lower ex­tent – Malta (52%) were the only Mem­ber States where the ma­jor­ity of per­sons ac­quir­ing cit­i­zen­ship in 2014 were ci­ti­zens of an­other EU mem­ber state.

At EU level, 89% (or nearly 788,100 new ci­ti­zens) of those granted cit­i­zen­ship were non - EU ci­ti­zens, and 11% (95,700) of an­other EU Mem­ber State.

Al­most 1 in ev­ery 4 per­sons who ac­quired an EU cit­i­zen­ship in 2014 be­came ci­ti­zens of Spain (205,900 per­sons, or 23% of all cit­i­zen­ships granted in the EU in 2014). It was fol­lowed by Italy (129,900 or 15%), the United King­dom (125,600 or 14%), Ger­many (110,600 or 12%) and France (105,600 or 12%).

When com­pared with the to­tal res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion of each mem­ber state, the most cit­i­zen­ships granted per 1,000 res­i­dents were recorded in Lux­em­bourg (5.8 cit­i­zen­ships granted), Ire­land (4.6), Swe­den (4.5) and Spain (4.4). At EU level, 1.8 cit­i­zen­ships were granted per 1,000 in­hab­i­tants.

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