87000 Indians gave up their citizenship till June 2023, with more than 17.5 lakh people giving up their Indian citizenship since 2011.
On Friday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told Lok Sabha that 2,25,620 Indians renounced their citizenship in 2022, 1,63,370 in 2021, 85,256 in 2020, 1,44,017 in 2019, 1,34,561 in 2018, 1,33,049 in 2017, 1,41,603 in 2016, 1,31,489 in 2015, 1,29,328 in 2014, 1,31,405 in 2013, 1,20,923 in 2012 and 1,22,819 in 2011.
In the last two decades, a significant amount of Indian nationals have been exploring the global workplace. They have chosen to take up foreign citizenship for reasons of personal convenience as stated by the minister.
After recognizing that the community of Indian workers is an asset to the nation, it was stated by Jaishankar that the government has brought about a transformational change in its engagement with the diaspora. Minister also said that a prosperous, successful and influential diaspora is an advantage for India and their approach is to tap the networks of diaspora to utilize its reputation for national gain.
According to the Ministry, the Indians have been continuously chasing the American dream with 7, 88,284 of them relinquishing their citizenship in 2021. The second spot was taken by Australia after the United States with 23,533 individuals giving up their Indian citizenship, followed by Canada where 21,597 Indians renounced their citizenship, and the UK where 14,637 Indians renounced their citizenship.
Many Indians are preferably migrating to Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Sweden. According to a UN report, there were three high-income or upper-middle-income countries among the top 20 destinations of international migrants in 2020.
The largest cohort of Indians live in the United States, with a population of over 4 million, followed by Gulf countries like UAE and Saudi Arabia.
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