More Than 6.7 Lakh Indians Gave Up Their Citizenship Between 2015 And 2019: Home Ministry

by Shatakshi Gupta

Between 2015 and 2019, more than 6.76 lakh people gave up Indian citizenship and took citizenship of other countries.  Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai gave this information in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.  Rai gave this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

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 He said that a total of 1,24,99,395 Indian citizens are living in other countries. The minister said that between 2015 and 2019, more than 6.76 lakh people gave up Indian citizenship. Speaking of the last four years, 1.36 lakh in the year 2019, 1.25 lakh in the year 2018, 1.28 lakh in the year 2017 and in the years 2015 and 2016 about 1.45 lakh people gave up citizenship of India. The government said that out of 1.24 crore Indians living abroad, there are 37 lakh OCI card holders.

Indian Diaspora across the world

The Ministry of Home Affairs gave information in the Lok Sabha that at present the government is not considering the proposal of dual citizenship. According to a TOI report, an average of 44 percent of people living in the US leave Indian citizenship. In Australia and Canada, this figure is 33 percent. In simple terms, 44 percent of Indians who go to America later settle there after taking citizenship. Apart from these three countries, a large number of Indians are also settling in countries like Britain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Singapore etc.

Why people are leaving citizenship?

 Many experts believe that the reasons for the large number of migrations from India are usually due to better careers, financial prosperity and the future of children. According to the reports, in the last few years, it has been seen that about 80 percent of the people going to study abroad do not return to India and settle abroad. It is believed that in the coming years, there may be an increase in this migration. The reason for this is that a large number of Indians are now going abroad for studies. In such a situation, the number of people leaving Indian citizenship is expected to increase.