Eurostat update: Who are our new fellow citizens?

Published 05-12-2012
Have you ever listened to or taken part in a discussion about citizenship granted in your country? Statistics is frequently used in these discussions, often without a proper reference. Next time you have the chance to be prepared. In a recent publication Eurostat provides the answers to the questions you might have on the subject.

In 2010 Norway granted citizenship to 11,600 people, 2% more than in 2009. For Liechtenstein the figure was stable at approximately 100, while Switzerland and Iceland granted citizenship to respectively 39,300 (-29%) and 500 (-10%) persons. The EU member states granted citizenship to 800,000 persons in 2010, an increase of 4% with respect to 2009. 

Of the new nationals in the EFTA states, most came from a non EU member state (between 64% and 92%). The largest group of foreigners who acquired citizenship in Iceland came from the Philippines (14.9%), in Norway from Somalia (12.9%), while in Liechtenstein and Switzerland the largest group of new nationals came from Switzerland (37.9%) and Serbia (17.4%) respectively. 

The Eurostat publication also includes an overview of the new citizens with respect to age and sex.
For more information see Statistics in focus.

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