Heres how many Indians acquired foreign citizenship; and heres why they did it

Indians in the US were the second-highest group of naturalized citizens after Mexicans

Heres how many Indians acquired foreign citizenship; and heres why they did it

A whopping 4.52 lakh Indian citizens acquired the citizenship of foreign countries between years 2014 to 2017.

The citizenship acquired was across 117 countries.

This was informed by Ministry of External Affairs told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

The answer was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday in response to a question raised by CPI (M) MP from Tripura Jitendra Chaudhary. The United States alone had over 46,000 Indians become naturalized citizens.

Indians in the US were the second-highest group of naturalized citizens after Mexicans.

Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs General (Retired) VK Singh responded to the question in the Lok Sabha saying, “As per the information available with the Ministry, 4,52,109 Indian nationals have acquired foreign citizenship in 117 countries from years 2014 to 2017 (till date).”

This report also states that Mexicans are the highest number (103550) of foreigners who were naturalized during the year 2016. During the year, the highest number of Indians were naturalized in California (10298), followed by New Jersey (5312), Texas (4670), and New York (2954).

The minister said, “Primary reasons for growing number of Indians being naturalized can be attributed to a large number of highly skilled professionals based in USA.

This is followed by the Indians who are engaged in various business activities.”

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