Over 6 lakh Indians gave up citizenship in last five years: MHA

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Updated 2021/12/08 at 3:55 PM

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that over six lakh Indians had renounced citizenship in the last five years. This year, 1,11,287 Indians have given up their citizenship as of September 30.

The reason for so many Indians giving up their citizenship was not indicated in the response. However, in 2018, the MHA updated Form XXII under the Citizenship Rules for Declarations of Renunciation of Citizenship, including a space for “circumstances/reasons for which the applicant seeks to obtain foreign citizenship and renounce Indian citizenship” for the first time. The MHA has streamlined the procedure by allowing applicants to submit documentation online and setting a time restriction of 60 days for the renunciation process to be completed.

In a written response, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said that the number of Indians who gave up citizenship in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 was 1,33,049, 1,34,561, 1,44,017, and 85,248, respectively.

According to research published by the Global Wealth Migration Review, India was second only to China in terms of high net worth individuals (HNIs) leaving the country in 2019. In 2019, up to 7,000 high-net-worth individuals (HNIs) left India.

In October, former West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra tweeted, citing a Morgan Stanley analysis, that “35,000 Indian entrepreneurs of high net worth individuals LEFT India as NRI/Immigrants between 2014 and 2020.” IN EXODUS IN THE WORLD, India is ranked first.

Mr. Rai went on to say that between 2016 and 2020, 10,645 foreigners filed for Indian citizenship, including more than 7,782 from Pakistan and 452 stateless people. During the same time period, 4,177 people were given Indian citizenship, but no breakdown by nation was provided. According to the response, there were 1,33,83,718 Indian citizens residing in foreign nations.

People covered by the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), according to the Minister, may apply when the regulations are issued.

According to the reply, “The government has not made any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at the national level.”

 

Source: The Hindu

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