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17,500 Non-EU Nationals Acquire Greek Citizenship

Greek CitizenshipAccording to the Eurostat data published yesterday, more than 780,000 non EU-Nationals managed to attain citizenship from a Member State of the European Union in 2011.

In particular, the Member States of EU gave citizenship to 783,100 persons in 2011. This number is decreased by 4 percent compared to that of 2010.

The fact that the largest — by population — European countries, except for Germany, have given citizenship to less non EU-Nationals has resulted in this decrease.

In 2011, the Greek State gave citizenship to 17,500 non EU-Nationals while in 2010 the same number was 9,400. In other words, in 2011, 1.8 out of 1,000 citizens were non EU-Nationals who attained Greek citizenship.

The majority of those who acquired Greek citizenship were Albanians (88.1 percent). Greece also gave citizenship to Russians (1.6 percent), Georgians (1.4 percent) and Armenians (0.9 percent).

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