In 2016, the EU Member States naturalized 100,000 more people than in 2015. The European Union is thus approaching the one-million mark for new citizens in its latest annual report.
Of those who became a citizen of one of the EU Member States in 2016, 12% were former citizens of another Member State, while the majority were third-country nationals or stateless persons.
Moroccans accounted for the largest share of this number, numbering 101,000. One-third were hosted by Spain; the others mostly by Italy. Albanians were the second-largest group at 67,500 recipients. 55% became Italian citizens and 42%, Greek. India ranks third, with 41,700 beneficiaries, of which 42% have applied in the United Kingdom.
In 2016, Italy naturalized the most citizens, with 201,591 beneficiaries. Spain came in second with 150,944 beneficiaries, 10% of whom were Bolivians and Ecuadorians. The United Kingdom came just behind, at 149,372. Their share came mostly from Asia.