Last week the Eurostat released the statistics related to the number of EU citizenships granted in 2010 by the Member States (in total 810 000). A summary of it can be found on EU Observer. The complete statistics can be downloaded from the Eurostat’s website here.
The largest group coming to the EU is formed by Moroccans (67,000 were granted nationality in 2010, of whom more than 40% took French citizenship), followed by Turks (49,900, of whom more than half took German citizenship), Ecuadorians (45,200, virtually all getting Spanish citizenship) and Indians (34,700, most of them in the UK).
As regards Sweden’s immigrants, the largest group in 2010 was formed by Iraqis (13.5%), followed by Finnish (9.2%) and Polish (4.6%), the latter two groups possessing already EU citizenship. 32,500 foreigners in total acquired Swedish citizenship that year, of whom 70.2% arrived from non-EU countries. It is 3,000 more than the previous year.
Sweden has the third highest naturalisation rate (after Portugal and Poland). This rate is computed as the ratio between the total acquisitions that occur within a given calendar year and the stock of resident foreigners at the beginning of the year. It is the conventional indicator used to evaluate the effect of national citizenship policies on the stock of resident foreigners. In Sweden the naturalisation rate in 2010 was 4.9 (acquisitions per hundred foreign residents).
Three Member States (UK, France and Spain) granted 57% of all citizenships in the EU, while the top-five (those listed above plus Germany and Italy) accounted for about 78% of the EU total. For the first time, the number of persons acquiring citizenship was higher in Spain (123,700) than in Germany (104,600). The highest number of acquisitions was recorded in the UK (194,800). In relative terms, the highest increases with respect to 2009 were recorded in Spain, Ireland, Finland and Poland.