Review Hari Stefanatos
The countries of the European Union in 2012 responded positively to the requests of 818,000 persons for granting citizenship, according to figures released today by Eurostat.
As it becomes apparent from the figures, Cyprus approved the granting of the Cypriot citizenship in 2012 to 2,300 persons, of whom 1,300 come from an EU country.
Specifically, 34.8% of the subjects who received Cypriot citizenship, were Greek citizens, 17.1% were British, 8% from South Africa and 8% also from Russia.
In regard to Greece, in 2012 the Greek citizenship was given to 16,200 persons, of whom only 200 were from another Member state. 34.8% were Albanians, 1.8% Egyptians, 1.2% from Syria 1.1% from Ukraine and the rest from other third countries.
The EU granted 1.6 citizenships per 1,000 residents, in Greece 1.5 per 1,000 residents and Cyprus 2.7 per 1,000 residents. To the most requests in relation to the population responded Luxembourg (8.7 per 1,000 residents), Ireland (5.5 per 1,000 residents) and Sweden (5.3 per 1,000 residents).