Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Sweden Second In EU For Granting Citizenship
Via The Local: Sweden granted citizenship to a larger proportion of foreign-born residents than any other EU member state except Hungary in 2012, according to figures released on Tuesday. Statistics released by the EU's statistics agency, Eurostat, show that 7.8 percent of foreigners living in Sweden were given citizenship in 2012. Hungary tops the table, with 12.8 percent of international residents scoring citizenship rights. Austria comes bottom, with just 0.7 percent of foreigners granted citizenship. The research shows that across Europe, increasing numbers of people are being granted citizenship rights, which include the chance to vote in and have a passport from the country where they are living. More than a third of new citizens are under 25. A quarter are Moroccans, Turks, Indians, Ecuadorians, or Iraqis, according to Eurostat's figures. Previous research has also revealed that Sweden took in almost 20 percent of the EU's asylum seekers in 2013, more than any other country in the union. Earlier this month, Sweden’s Migration Board said it expected 83.000 asylum seekers to move to the country by the end of the year, 3.000 more than it previously predicted.