Over 6 lakh Indians gave up Indian citizenship: MHA

As per the report by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), over six lakh Indians have given up their citizenship in the past five years,  In a reply written to the Lok Sabha by the MHA, it is said that over 1.33 lakh Indians have quit their citizenship in 2017, 1.34 lakh in 2018, 1.44 lakh in 2019, 85,248 in 2020, and 1.11 lakh in 2021.

The data showed the total number of citizens quitting their citizenship for many reasons and the count noted was 30, 1,11,287 till September this year. According to data available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a total of 1,33,83,718 Indians are living abroad. Most Indians opt for other country’s citizenship is because of the privileges they get with those passports.

In India, as per the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, Persons of Indian Origin are not allowed citizenship of two countries. In the Indian rule, If a person has ever possessed an Indian passport and later obtained a passport from another country, they are required to submit their Indian passport immediately after obtaining the citizenship of another country.

According to the World Passport Index, India is ranked 69th on the Passport Power Rank. Compared to other countries, the UAE ranks first and New Zealand second in terms of passport rank. Australia is in 3rd place, the USA is in 5th place, Singapore is in 6th place and Canada is in 7th place. 

Meanwhile, about 40% of citizenship requests come from the United States, followed by Australia and Canada, with about 30% of such requests. 

According to a Global Wealth Migration Review report, in 2019, India ranked second behind China in terms of high net worth individuals (HNIs) leaving the country. In 2019, 7,000 HNIs left India.

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Moreover, the Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said that 10,645 foreigners applied for Indian citizenship between the years 2016 and 2020. The foreigners who applied for citizenship were more than 7,782 from Pakistan and 452 stateless. 

During the same period, 4,177 people were granted Indian citizenship but not divided by country. A total number of 1,33,83,718 Indian nationals were living in foreign countries, the reply stated. The Minister said the persons covered under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) might apply after the rules were notified. The reply also stated that the Government has not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at the national level until now.