Record High: 2.25 Lakh Indians Renounce Citizenship in 2022

The Indian government has reported that a record-breaking 2,25,620 Indian citizens renounced their citizenship in 2022. This is the highest number of citizens who revoked their Indian citizenship since 2011, with a total of 16,63,440 people doing so over the past 11 years.
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According to the latest data released by the Indian government, a record-breaking 2,25,620 Indian citizens renounced their citizenship in 2022.

This is the highest number of citizens who revoked their Indian citizenship since 2011, with a total of 16,63,440 people doing so over the past 11 years.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar provided the information in response to a question in Rajya Sabha. He stated that the lowest number of people who revoked their Indian citizenship was 85,256 in 2020.

Year-wise Statistics of Indian Citizenship Renunciation

The year-wise statistics of Indian citizens renouncing their citizenship since 2011 are as follows:

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YearNo of Citizenship Renunciation
20111,22,819
20121,20,923
20131,31,405
20141,29,328
20151,31,489
20161,41,603
20171,33,049
20181,34,561
20191,44,017
202085,256
20211,63,370
20222,25,620

Obtainment of Citizenship of Other Countries by Indians

Minister Jaishankar also provided a list of 135 countries whose citizenship was acquired by Indians. In response to a specific query, he stated that 5 Indian nationals had obtained citizenship in the United Arab Emirates over the past three years.

Indian Professionals Laid Off by US Companies

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan stated that the Indian government is aware of the issue of Indian professionals being laid off by US companies in recent months. A certain percentage of these laid-off employees are likely to be Indian nationals on H-1B and L1 visas.

The Indian government has consistently raised the issue of the movement of high-skilled workers, including IT professionals, with the US government. It has also been working with various stakeholders to address these issues, including industry organizations and business chambers.


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