Over 16 lakh people renounced Indian citizenship since 2011, says government data

In 2018, the number was 1,34,561, while 1,44,017 Indians renounced their citizenship in 2019, 85,256 in 2020 and 1,63,370 in 2021.

Updated - February 10, 2023 09:00 am IST

Published - February 09, 2023 04:39 pm IST - New Delhi

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on February 9, 2023.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on February 9, 2023. | Photo Credit: ANI

More than 16 lakh Indians renounced their Indian citizenship since 2011 including 2,25,620 last year, according to data provided by the government in Rajya Sabha on February 9, 2023.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar presented the details while replying to a question.

He said the number of Indians who renounced their Indian citizenship in 2015 was 1,31,489, while 1,41,603 people gave it up in 2016 and 1,33,049 in 2017.

In 2018, the number was 1,34,561, while 1,44,017 Indians renounced their citizenship in 2019, 85,256 in 2020 and 1,63,370 in 2021.

The number in 2022 was 2,25,620, according to the minister.

For reference purposes, Jaishankar said the data for 2011 was 1,22,819 while it was 1,20,923 in 2012, 1,31,405 in 2013 and 1,29,328 in 2014.

The total number of Indians who gave up Indian citizenship since 2011 comes to 16,63,440.

To a specific query, he said, according to information, five Indian nationals obtained the citizenship of the United Arab Emirates during the last three years.

Mr. Jaishankar also provided a list of 135 countries whose citizenship Indians acquired.

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