GAINS OF THE CITIZENS – WHICH STATES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ARE ISSUING PASSPORTS THE MOST?

Almost a quarter of passports that are newly issued in the European Union were approved in the IK, based on new facts. Citizenships were issued to 193,900 people by London, which represents 24 per cent of all passports that are newly approved across the 28 countries of the European Union in 2012.
All in all, citizenships were issued to 818,000 people all through the Union, with the main beneficiaries being Turks and Moroccans.
The figures which were made public by Eurostat the office for statistics of the European Commission also revealed major revisions in Sweden, Hungary, and Ireland.

UNITED KINGDOM
The quantity of passports issued in 2012 by London stood at 193,900. This is the second highest in the past 100 years. The greater quantity at 94 percent was from nationals not within the European Union. The Oxford University’s Migratory Observatory’s acting director Carlos Vargas-Silva stated that the UK’s huge numbers was related to the Commonwealth.
He stated that it was actually about the history of colonial Britain along with immigration in current times and the policies on settlement. In his views, the nations that were responsible for the provision of the highest quantity of new citizens of Britain are countries of the Commonwealth, especially Pakistan and India.
A lot of persons born in those nations have important community and family networks in the United Kingdom due to the long relationships that have existed among the United Kingdom and the states of the Commonwealth.
This meant that there was a higher probability of observing immigration form those countries than from other states of the European Union.
The data validates the comments by Dr. Vargas-Silva that almost 15 out of 100 of new passports in Britain were issued to Indians in 2012, Pakistanis 9 out of 100, and Nigerians, 5 out of 100.
The immigration spokesman for UKIP Steven Woolfe has said that the report was a reflection that in Britain the immigration levels and citizenships applications for both non-EU and EU were not sustainable.
He stated that even though mass immigration was at a high pace and with the British still a member of the free movement of people of the EU, it was almost difficult for the United Kingdom to make any futuristic infrastructural plans. There was a need to reduce UK’s net immigration in order to ensure that public services which are already vulnerable are protected.
A spokesperson to the Home Office stated that the UK government had already made the process of acquiring a citizenship harder and that every applicant was now expected to pass both the revised, new test on Life in the UK and possess the qualification in the listening and speaking of English Language.
In 2012, the large quantity of applications was mainly as a consequence of the uncontrollable immigration levels in the period prior to 2010. Immigration was now being controlled and reduced, while a system of immigration that is just to both citizens of Britain and legal migrants was being built, and it was going to be tough on people who delight in breaking the law or abusing the immigration system.

HUNGARY
Hungary has also discovered a rapid increase in the quantity of new nationalities issued. Figures obtained from Eurostat indicate that newly issued passports in the figure of 20,600 were given in 2011. This is an increase of 237 percent above the figure in 2010.
The growth is probably as a result of new legislation which was in 2011 introduced to simplify the conditions for obtaining citizenships of Hungary. The new citizenship numbers reduced slightly to about 18,400 in 2012. However, Budapest issued 13 passports out of every 100 residents of foreign nationalities in the country. This rate is the highest in the European Union. In 2012, the greater majority of those who obtained Hungarian passports were Romanians, who made up a little over 78 percent of the 18,400. Following this were the Ukrainians with 8 percent, the Serbians with 7 percent, and the Slovakians with 2 percent.
However, the reforms have made it less stressful for non-citizens residing outside Hungary to obtain a passport. This is a fact because all an applicant has to do is to show that they have a knowledge of the language even in basic terms, as well as an ancestor that is directly a Hungarian.
The Eurostat statistics excludes people residing outside Hungary, even though according to reports in the media about half a million have sent applications for citizenships of Hungary from all over the world ever since the new legislation was passed.
A lot of those applications are believed to have come from neighboring regions of Slovakia, Ukraine, Serbia and Romania that used to be parts of Hungary until 1920.
About 100,000 people have been reported to have applied for Serbian citizenships. The nation is not yet a complete EU member, so obtaining a Hungarian passport accords citizens a lot of tasteful benefits.

IRELAND
The quantity of new passports issued in Ireland was the most ever since the nation became a member of the European Union. From 4,500 in 2009, the figures surged to 25,000 in 2012.
Both human rights organizations and Eurostat explain that the cause of this rapid increase was actually a backlog of applications which were previously unprocessed. The support centre for Irish Immigrants NASC stated that before the 2012 reforms by the government the process of citizenship was very restricted and with trivial explanations made for refusing applications.
The Irish Immigrant Council stated that a few migrants had to wait for as much as five years just for a decision. In its views, it was an unjustifiable state of affairs.
But the government of Ireland says that ever since the revisions were launched 24 months ago, within six months 80 percent of applications for citizenships were decided.
A spokeswoman for NASC Jennifer DeWan told euronews that in their opinion, the figure of 25,000 is definitely as a result of the citizenship applications processing backlog. Reforms of significant nature were seen in 2012, which comprised a radical increase in the quantity of applications that were successful, in addition the introduction of ceremonies for citizenships.
However, there were still concerns involving the process of application, like the unavailability of guidelines or a well-documented criteria for accessing an applicant’s eligibility meant that the discretion of the ministry could still be utilized with little transparency.
In addition, the fees for application for and obtaining of citizenship were still too high. At E175 for the application and E950 for the certificate were some of the highest in the world.
Of the people granted passports in Ireland in 2012, Nigerians made up 23 percent, followed by Filipinos with 15 percent, Indians with 11 percent, and Pakistanis with 5 percent.

SWEDEN
At 50,200 new passports issued in 2012, Sweden had issued its highest quantity of passports in six years.
According to Eurostat, when compared to 2011 the quantity of citizenships issued by Stockholm had increased by 37 percent.
The ratio of passports issued relative to both foreign and local populations was among the largest of the 28 countries of the European Union.
Out of every people in their population, it had approved 5 requests for citizenships. This figure is the EU’s third highest, just behind Ireland and Luxembourg.
Sweden which issued 8 passports for every 100 resident foreigners in Sweden was beaten to the second position by Hungary with 13 per 100.
Early this year it was revealed that in 2013 Sweden had granted asylum to 26,395 seekers. This was the highest of any country in the EU.