Indians acquiring foreign citizenship in record numbers

The number of Indians naturalizing for citizenship in a foreign country are increasing than ever before.  The United States is the top destination for Indians for acquiring Citizenship, followed by UK and Australia.

EU
2015
Belgium
312
Bulgaria
0
Czech Republic
4
Denmark
107
Germany
1,352
Estonia
0
Ireland
1,611
Greece
23
Spain
605
France
392
Croatia
0
Italy
6,176
Cyprus
16
Latvia
0
Lithuania
0
Luxembourg
7
Hungary
8
Malta
5
Netherlands
647
Austria
233
Poland
36
Portugal
454
Romania
3
Slovenia
1
Slovakia
1
Finland
137
Sweden
458
Iceland
9
Liechtenstein
0
Norway
383
Switzerland
214

The  Government of India does not allow dual citizenship for India, and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Scheme was introduced by amending the Citizenship Act, 1955 in August 2005

As of Dec 2016, Over 30 million Overseas indians live abroad, according to Ministry of External Affairs. Overseas Indians are people of Indian birth or descent who live outside India.

The Top 5 countries of Indian population abroad are

  • United States – 4.4 million
  • Saudi Arabia – 3 million
  • Malaysia – 2.9 million
  • United Arab Emirates – 2.8 million
  • Myanmar – 2.0 million
Country Overseas Indians
(2016)
1 Afghanistan 2,969
2 Albania 50
3 Algeria 3,787
4 Andorra 160
5 Angola 4,000
6 Anguilla 20
7 Antigua & Barbuda 550
8 Argentina 2,400
9 Armenia 1,488
10 Aruba 1,000
11 Australia 496,000
12 Austria and Montenegro 20,000
13 Azerbaijan 1,777
14 Bahamas 400
15 Bahrain 316,175
16 Bangladesh 10,391
17 Barbados 2,214
18 Belarus 340
19 Belgium 18,651
20 Belize 1,500
21 Benin 1,563
22 Bhutan 60,000
23 Bolivia 60
24 Bonaire & Smaller Islands 200
25 Bosnia & Herzegovina 24
26 Botswana 12,000
27 Brazil 1,225
28 British Virgin Islands 78
29 Brunei Darussalam 11,598
30 Bulgaria 162
31 Burkina Faso 205
32 Burundi 500
33 Cambodia 1,410
34 Cameroon 245
35 Canada 1,016,185
36 Cape Verde Islands 20
37 Cayman Islands 1,600
38 Central African Republic 10
39 Chad 120
40 Chile 2,700
41 China 56,020
42 China (Hong Kong) 51,430
43 China (Taiwan) 2,572
44 Colombia 218
45 Comoros 230
46 Congo (Dem. Rep. of) 9,025
47 Congo (Republic of) 358
48 Cook Island 205
49 Costa Rica 250
50 Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 1,500
51 Croatia 80
52 Cuba 700
53 Curacao 1,500
54 Cyprus 5,858
55 Czech Republic 2,400
56 Denmark 11,200
57 Djibouti 350
58 Dominica (Commonwealth
of)
550
59 Dominican Republic 175
60 East Timor 70
61 Ecuador 90
62 Egypt 3,765
63 EI Salvador 6
64 Equatorial Guinea 250
65 Eritrea 1,003
66 Estonia 500
67 Ethiopia 5,273
68 Fiji 314,798
69 Finland 7,000
70 France 109,000
71 France (Reunion Island) 280,250
72 France (Guadeloupe, St.
Martinique, Mayotte)
67,220
73 Gabon 110
74 Gambia 615
75 Georgia 3,236
76 Germany 143,122
77 Ghana 10,000
78 Greece 12,500
79 Grenada 5,200
80 Guatemala 117
81 Guinea (Republic of) 700
82 Guinea Bissau 103
83 Guyana 297,793
84 Haiti 580
85 Holy See 0
86 Honduras 15
87 Hungary 1,000
88 Iceland 305
89 Indonesia 107,500
90 Iran 4,190
91 Iraq 10,000
92 Ireland 26,000
93 Israel 97,467
94 Italy 197,301
95 Jamaica 74,000
96 Japan 28,717
97 Jordan 11,082
98 Kazakhstan 5,750
99 Kenya 80,000
100 Kiribati 50
101 Korea (DPR) 12
102 Korea (Republic of) 11,179

 

103 Kuwait 923,260
104 Kyrgyzstan 4,814
105 Laos, PDR 500
106 Latvia 624
107 Lebanon 8,030
108 Lesotho (Kingdom of ) 1,500
109 Liberia 3,000
110 Libya 1,502
111 Liechtenstein (Principality
of )
10
112 Lithuania 300
113 Luxembourg 1,000
114 Macedonia 15
115 Madagascar 17,500
116 Malaysia 2,986,274
117 Malawi 10,500
118 Maldives 25,108
119 Mali 212
120 Malta 365
121 Marshall Islands (Republic
of)
15
122 Mauritania 200
123 Mauritius 894,500
124 Mexico 2,000
125 Micronesia 1
126 Moldova 200
127 Monaco 70
128 Mongolia 155
129 Montserrat 240
130 Morocco 320
131 Mozambique 21,500
132 Myanmar 2,008,337
133 Namibia 259
134 Nauru 6
135 Nepal 600,000
136 Netherlands 225,000
137 Netherlands Antilles 2,700
138 New Zealand 200,000
139 Nicaragua 12
140 Niger 150
141 Nigeria 40,035
142 Norway 20,018
143 Oman 796,001
144 Pakistan 0
145 Palau (Republic of) 15
146 Palestine (PLO) 65
147 Panama 13,000
148 Papua New Guinea 1,500
149 Paraguay 600
150 Peru 450
151 Philippines 115,000
152 Poland 4,600
153 Portugal 71,935
154 Qatar 600,000

 

155 Romania 710
156 Russian Federation 30,560
157 Rwanda 3,000
158 Samoa 70
159 San Marino 0
160 Sao Tome and Principe
(Rep. of)
50
161 Saudi Arabia 3,053,567
162 Senegal 411
163 Serbia 52
164 Seychelles 10,000
165 Sierra Leone 950
166 Singapore 650,000
167 Slovak Republic 180
168 Slovenia 130
169 Solomon Islands 20
170 Somalia 100
171 South Africa 1,560,000
172 Spain 55,308
173 Sri Lanka 1,614,000
174 St. Kitts and Nevis 750
175 St. Lucia 5,255
176 St. Martin 5,300
177 St. Vincent & the
Grenadines
3,050
178 Sudan 3,500
179 South Sudan 500
180 Suriname 154,471
181 Swaziland 1,000
182 Sweden 21,500
183 Switzerland 20,033
184 Syria 107
185 Tajikistan 610
186 Tanzania 60,000
187 Thailand 195,000
188 Togo 510
189 Tonga 46
190 Trinidad & Tobago 556,800
191 Tunisia 132
192 Turkey 911
193 Turkmenistan 309
194 Turks & Caicos Islands 235
195 Tuvalu 50
196 Uganda 30,000
197 Ukraine 6,054
198 UAE 2,803,751
199 UK 1,825,000
200 USA 4,460,000
201 Uruguay 530
202 Uzbekistan 697
203 Vanuatu 810
204 Venezuela 115
205 Vietnam 4,720
206 Yemen 10,400
207 Zambia 23,000
208 Zimbabwe 9,500
TOTAL 30,843,419


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