More than 1.6 lakh Indians have renounced their Indian citizenship since 2011, including 2,25,620 last year, the highest during the period. While the lowest was 85,256 in 2020, according to official data.
Responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar gave the year-wise number of Indians renouncing their citizenship.
Mr. Jaishankar said that the number of Indians who renounced their Indian citizenship in 2015 was 1,31,489, while 1,41,603 gave it up in 2016 and 1,33,049 in 2017.
In 2018, the number was 1,34,561, while 1,44,017 renounced their citizenship in 2019, 85,256 in 2020 and 1,63,370 in 2021.
According to the minister, the number in 2022 was 2,25,620.
For reference purposes, Jaishankar said the data for 2011 was 1,22,819, while it was 1,20,923 in 2012, 1,31,405 in 2013 and 1,29,328 in 2014.
The total number of Indians who have renounced their Indian citizenship since 2011 comes to 16,63,440.
In response to a specific question, he said, according to the data, five Indian citizens have obtained UAE citizenship in the last three years.
Mr. Jaishankar also gave a list of 135 countries where Indians have acquired citizenship.
In response to another question, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muralitharan. Said the government was aware of layoffs of professionals by US firms in recent months.
“Of these, a certain percentage are likely to be Indian nationals on H-1B and L1 visas. The Indian government has consistently raised issues with the US government of the movement of highly skilled workers, including IT professionals,” he said. .