In 2018, 207 Indians gave up citizenship

New citizenship rules were notified on December 3.

New citizenship rules were notified on December 3.  

More than 200 Indians surrendered their citizenship in 2018, according to the Union Home Ministry.

Since 2010, 290 Indians have renounced their citizenship, and these included 207 in 2018 alone.

The data, accessed by The Hindu under the Right to Information Act, showed that in 2010, only three Indians renounced citizenship. There was no surrender of citizenship from 2012 to 2015, the Ministry said.

A senior official of the Ministry said “economic reasons” were mainly behind the migration of people to other countries for employment and education, and only recently had the Ministry started documenting the reasons.

“Total 290 are the persons who have renounced Indian citizenship as per Rule 23 of the Citizenship Rules, 2009, under Section 8 of the Citizenship Act, from January 1, 2010, to October 22, 2018,” the Ministry said in response to the question under the Right to Information Act. “However, since October 23, 2018, the MHA [Ministry of Home Affairs] is no longer custodian of such information, so the same cannot be provided,” the reply said.

During 2016 and 2017, the number of people who had surrendered Indian citizenship was 19 and 60.

“The Citizenship Rules were changed in October 2018, and we delegated the powers to register the surrenders at the respective missions and embassies,” the official said.

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