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163,000+ Indians gave up their citizenship in 2021

The reasons for renouncing their citizenship was ‘personal to them, according to India’s Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai’s reply in the Parliament

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India’s Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, in a written reply in Parliament, said that more than 1.63 lakh Indians had given up their Indian citizenship during 2021, the highest during the last three years. The reasons for renouncing their citizenship — they surrendered their Indian passports –was “personal to them”, according to the written reply, reported by IANS.

Data provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs in Lok Sabha disclosed that the US was the top choice with almost half of Indians — 78,284 — becoming US citizens.

In 2021, as many as 1,63,370 Indians gave up their Indian passports. The corresponding number in the year 2019 and 2020 was 1,44,017 and 85,256, respectively.

A total of 326 Indians renounced their citizenship in the UAE last year and applied for citizenship in countries such as Albania, France, Malta, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belgium, Cyprus, Ireland, Grenada, Jordon, Mauritius, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu, among others

Data showed that that after the US, Australia (23,533), Canada (21,597), the UK (14,637), Italy (5,986), New Zealand (2,643) and Singapore (2,516) were the countries that Indians preferred for citizenship.

As for US citizenship, 78,284 Indians took up US citizenship in 2021, 30,828 in 2020, and 61,683 in 2019. All of them were based in the US itself while renouncing their Indian nationality.

Also, 41 Indians in Pakistan gave up Indian citizenship last year, compared to only seven in 2020.

A total of 326 Indians renounced their citizenship in the UAE last year and applied for citizenship in countries such as Albania, France, Malta, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belgium, Cyprus, Ireland, Grenada, Jordon, Mauritius, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu, among others.

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