Milan – institution ISMU ETS It highlights that, based on the latest Istat and Eurostat data, in 2022 the total number of foreigners who acquired Italian citizenship was 133,236 (50.9% female and 49.1% male), up 9.7% from 2021, the year in which 121,457 were registered new citizen. On average, in 2022, one in 38 foreign residents will become Italian. In the past 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, then down to 146,605 the following year (2017) and to 112,523 in 2017. 2018, and finally tend to go back up – albeit to a lesser degree – over the past four years.
Acquisition of citizenship in Europe. The latest available Eurostat data referring to 2021 shows that among EU countries, Sweden is the country with the highest annual rate of citizenship acquisition (one in 10 foreign residents), followed by the Netherlands (one in 19) and Romania (one in 22). ), while Italy ranks ninth. It is interesting to note that from 2014 to 2021 Italy always oscillated between 5th and 10th in the standings.
assets. In 2021 (latest available data) to acquire Italian citizenship were mostly Albanians (22493), Moroccans (16588), Romanians (9435), Brazilians (5460), Bangladeshis (5116), Indians (4489), Pakistanis (4410) , Argentines (3,669, more than double compared to 2020, the year it was 1,717), Moldovans (3,633) and Egyptians (3,531). The large number of acquisitions made by Brazilians and Argentines is due to the possibility of obtaining citizenship by ius sanguinis, that is, thanks to the presence of Italian ancestors.
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