Over 1.6 lakh Indians renounced their citizenship in 2021, highest in the past five years, according to information provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, responding to a question by Fazlur Rehman, said in a written reply that “individuals renounced Indian citizenship for reasons personal to them.”
The Minister in a written reply uploaded on Indian Parliament official website states that 163370 people relinquished their Indian citizenship in 2021; 85256 in 2020 144017 in 2019.
The response added that, over 78,000 Indians acquired U.S. citizenship, the highest among all other countries, by giving up Indian citizenship.
As many as 362 Indians living in China also acquired Chinese citizenship.
It further added that the number of Indians living in Australia who relinquished their citizenship stood at 23,533, Canada- 21,597, U.K.-14,637, Italy-5,986, Netherlands- 2187, New Zealand- 2643, Singapore- 2516, U.S.A.- 78284, Pakistan-41 and Nepal-10.