Around 5.8 lakh Indians gave up citizenship in 5 years, 1.3 Cr people settled abroad: Reports

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Published by Ishan Soni on 17 Mar 2020

According to the latest data, more than half a million people gave up their citizenship to get settled in other countries. Just between January 2015 to October 2019, 5.8 lakh people quit their nationality and settled in the USA, Australia and Canada. The data also reveals that in the first 10 months of 2019, more than 1.1 lakh people gave up their Indian passports and it’s a big number.

The highest number was accounted for in 2016 when 1.3 lakh people quit their citizenship. The number keeps rising and the reasons could be many. Ministry of External Affairs released this data and the officials also talked about the possible reasons for this including employment, quality of life, etc.

Talking about the destination countries, the US has 44% of people from India that make 2.5 lakh. More than 1 lakh Indians gave up their citizenship to settle in Australia, followed by 94,874 in Canada. Australia and Canada together represented 33%. Apart from this, 1.3 lakh people are living in other parts of the world.

An MEA official said the reason behind it has been kept private, while relocation experts are indicating better education jobs could be among the major reasons. More than 1.3 crore Indian residents have settled abroad as of January 2020; another 35.4 lakh have been allowed OCI cards.

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