Want to move to Europe? These are the EU countries welcoming the most – and least – new citizens

EU countries granted a record number of citizenships in 2021, new figures show.

A total of 827,300 people obtained citizenship in EU member states in 2021 – an increase of 98,300 on 2020.

The 14 per cent leap can be partly attributed to a pandemic-era backlog, but also reflects an upward trend on 2019, when 706,400 new citizenships were granted.

85 per cent of new citizens were not previously citizens of another EU country.

Which countries granted the most citizenships in 2021?

Spain granted the highest number of new citizenships in 2021, welcoming 144,800 new residents.

The country was closely followed by France and Germany (130,000 new citizens each), Italy (121,500) and Sweden (89,400).

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