More Indians Renounced Citizenship in 2021; Top Choice US
NEW DELHI (IANS) – Over 1.63 lakh Indian nationals renounced their Indian citizenship in 2021, the highest during the last three years, the Parliament was told on July 19.
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 – preferring to become 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.
The reasons for them renouncing their citizenship, which also means they have to surrender their Indian passport, were “personal to them”.
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 where Indians preferred to get citizenship.
As far as US citizenship is concerned, 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.
A total of 41 Indian nationals based in Pakistan also gave up their Indian citizenship last year, compared to only seven in 2020.
Total 326 Indians renounced their citizenship while being 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.