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There have been more than 16 lakh renunciations of Indian citizenship since 2011 according to government statistics

A government statement in the Lok Sabha on Friday said that more than 16 lakh Indian citizens have renounced their citizenship since 2011, with 183,741 of those giving up citizenship this year.

V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs, provided the information in response to a question.

In 2015, 1,31,489 Indians renounced their Indian citizenship, followed by 1,41,603 in 2016, and 1,33,049 in 2017.

The number of people who renounced their citizenship in 2018 was 1,34,561, while 1,44,017 renounced their citizenship in 2019, 85,256 in 2020, and 1,63,370 in 2021.

In the month of October, 1,83,741 Indian citizens renounced their citizenship.

For reference, he said the number for 2011 was 1,22,819, 1,20,923 in 2012, 1,31,405 in 2013 and 1,29,328 in 2014.

In total, 16,21,561 Indians have renounced their Indian citizenship since 2011.

According to the minister, 93 foreigners took Indian citizenship in 2015, 153 in 2016, 175 in 2017, 129 in 2018, 113 in 2019, 27 in 2020, 42 in 2021, and 60 in 2022, except for citizens of Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

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