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New Irish Citizens bay Sofia (7weeks old)and Mother Jelena Komarovska originally from Latvia at the Convention Centre in Dublin this year. Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
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Ireland has given out citizenship to more people than anywhere else in the EU*

*Proportionally, that is.

IRELAND HAS THE highest rates of citizenship granted, proportionately, in comparison to any other EU state.

The latest Eurostat figures show that when compared with the total population of each member state, Ireland has the highest rate of 5.3 citizenships granted per 1000 resident population.

This is followed by Sweden (5.2), Spain (4.8) and Luxembourg (4.7).

On average, 1.9 citizenships were granted per 1000 inhabitants in the EU.

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The total number granted citizenship in Ireland in 2013 was 24,262 people.

In 12 EU countries, including Ireland, at least nine persons out of every 10 who obtained citizenship in 2013 were citizens of a non-EU country.

93% of those granted citizenship in Ireland were non-EU citizens, with 7% coming from other EU member states.

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At EU level, 89% (or 871,300 new citizens) of those granted citizenship were citizens of a non-EU country, and 10% (98,500) of another EU Member State.

In total, EU member states granted citizenship to almost one million people in 2013.


Moroccans, Indians, Turks, Colombians, Albanians and Ecuadorians represented together almost a third (31%) of the total number of persons who acquired EU citizenship in 2013.

Citizenship Ceremonies Citizenship ceremony at the Convention Centre in Dublin this year. Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

The two largest groups of EU citizens acquiring citizenship of another EU member state were Romanians, 23,000, and Poles, 18,000.

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