Close to 93.000 Moroccans acquired citizenship of an EU Member State in 2015
Moroccan nationals were still the main recipients of the nationality of an EU member state in 2015, with a total of 92,700 people, says the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) Monday, June 13 in a communicated. They were 86,500 in 2013 and 59,300 in 2012.
Approximately 88% of these recipients have obtained Spanish nationality (37.5%), Italy (31.3%) or French (19.5%), according to data released Monday by the European statistics body. In 2014, the Moroccan nationals were the main beneficiaries of Belgian nationality (12.9% of all citizenships granted by that country), Spain (16.9%), French (17.1%), Italian (22.3 %) and the Netherlands (13.1%).
According to Eurostat, some 890 000 persons acquired citizenship of an EU member state in 2014, a figure lower than in 2013 (when it stood at 981,000). Among those who acquired citizenship of an EU member state in 2014, 89% were initially not EU nationals. Before the Albanians, Turks and Indians in 2014, the Moroccan nationals were followed by Albanians (41,000 persons, of which 96% were granted Greek or Italian nationality), Turks (37,500 people, 60% obtained German nationality) and Indians (35,300 people, nearly two-thirds have obtained British nationality).
Since 2009, over 5 million people in total were granted the nationality of an EU Member State.