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Indians top the citizenship list in acquiring other countries’ nationalities

New Delhi: Indians seem to have an attraction towards getting the label of ‘NRI’, in most of the cases, it becomes a necessity rather than just a tag. With growing opportunities outside for the brighter future, India is on the top of the list of origin countries of naturalised citizens across the world.

As per a report named ‘International Migration Outlook (2017)’ which has been released by an Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, Indians are not fearful of acquiring foreign citizenship and getting settled outside their mother country.

In 2015, 1.30 lakh Indians, consisting mostly expatriates on work visas, acquired citizenship of OECD member countries. Meanwhile, India was followed by (1.12 lakh) and the Philippines (94,000). China came fifth with 78,000 opting for giving away their citizenship, as per a report by Business Insider.

Over 20 lakh people had acquired the nationality of an OECD country, as per a report of 2015. This was 3% more than the 2014 figure, even as it remains within the OECD average of the past 10 years. China retained its top position when it came to new immigrants to OECD countries.

Indian migrants prefer US, Canada, UK, Australia and Germany as per the report. Both China and India continued to be the major source countries for international students.