Right of citizenship, the number of people recognized is growing again: in 2022 it increased by 9.7% compared to 2021

Right of citizenship, the number of people recognized is growing again: in 2022 it increased by 9.7% compared to 2021

MILAN - Foundation ISMU ETS highlights that, based on the latest Istat and Eurostat data, in 2022 foreigners who acquired Italian citizenship totaled 133,236 (50.9% females and 49.1% males), 9.7% more than in 2021, the year in which 121,457 new citizens registered. On average, in 2022, one out of every 38 foreign residents became Italian. In the last decade we have gone from the lows of 2012 (65,383) to the peaks of 2015 with 178,035 and 2016 with 201,591 acquisitions, to then drop to 146,605 the following year (2017) and to 112,523 in 2018, and finally tend to go back up - even if to a lesser extent - during the last four years.

The acquisition of citizenship in Europe. The latest available Eurostat data referring to 2021 shows that among the countries of the European Union, Sweden is the state with the highest annual rate of acquisition of citizenship (one for every 10 foreign residents), followed by the Netherlands ( one in every 19) and Romania (one in every 22), while Italy ranks ninth. It is interesting to note that from 2014 to 2021 Italy has always fluctuated between fifth and tenth place in the standings.

The origins. In 2021 (latest data available) to obtain Italian citizenship were mainly Albanians (22,493), Moroccans (16,588), Romanians (9,435), Brazilians (5,460), Bangladeshis (5,116), Indians (4,489), Pakistanis (4,410), Argentines (3,669, more than double compared to 2020, the year in which there were 1,717), Moldovans (3,633) and Egyptians (3,531). The high number of acquisitions by Brazilians and Argentines is due to the possibility of naturalization by ius sanguinis, i.e. thanks to the presence of Italian ancestors.



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