1.83 lakh Indians gave up citizenship in first 10 months of 2022: Union

Over 1.83 lakh Indians have renounced their citizenship between January and October in 2022, according to the Union’s reply in Lok Sabha on 9 December.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs M Muraleedharan was answering to a question by Congress MP Abdul Khaleque.

According to the reply, over 12.43 lakh Indians have given up their citizenship since 2014.

1.29 lakh Indians renounced their citizenship in 2014, t 1.31 lakh in 2015 and 1.33 lakh in 2016. The number increased to 1.34 lakh in 2018 and 1.44 lakh in 2019. But it dwindled to 85,256 in 2020, the pandemic year.

In 2021, more than half of the 1.63 lakh Indians gave up their citizenship in favour of the one offered by the United States. Other countries Indians choosing are mainly Australia and Canada.