EU naturalized over 18,000 Ukrainians in 2020 – Eurostat

Some 18,100 Ukrainians were granted citizenship of European Union countries in 2020, mostly by Poland and Germany, with the bloc naturalizing 3% more people in total than the previous year, the office said on Friday. EU statistics. The 27 EU member states naturalized just over 729,000 foreign nationals that year, according to Eurostat data, with Spain and the Netherlands leading the way.

Among new EU citizens, one in 10 comes from Morocco, while Syrians represent 7% and Albanians 6%. The majority of new citizens came from outside the bloc or were stateless, Eurostat said. Ukrainians made up 3% of new citizens during the year, mostly in its western neighbor Poland, which naturalized nearly 3,900 – the most of any EU country and more than double its figure in 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal each naturalized more than 2,000 Ukrainians in 2020. Women or girls made up nearly two-thirds of new EU citizens from Ukraine, the data shows.

More than three million Ukrainians, mostly women and children, have entered the EU, particularly Poland, in the past three weeks, fleeing Russia’s invasion of their country. The EU has agreed to facilitate their access to jobs, schools, health care and social services. It is unclear how long they will stay or how many of them may eventually apply for naturalization. Eurostat found that in 2020 EU states had naturalized around 16,000 Britons, following the UK’s exit from the bloc, 15,000 Russians and 3,500 Belarusians.

Almost three-quarters of the more than 9,500 Afghans who have obtained European citizenship have been naturalized in Sweden, Germany or Belgium.

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