Over 200 Indians surrendered their citizenship in last nine years, highest in 2018
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Over 200 Indians surrendered their citizenship in last nine years, highest in a decade

According to the Union Home Ministry in a response to Right to Information, as many as 290 Indian gave up their Indian citizenship in last nine years with 207 in 2018 alone.

Going by the reports of The Hindu, the Ministry said that a total 290 are the persons who have renounced Indian citizenship as per Rule 23 of the Citizenship Rules, 2009, under Section 8 of the Citizenship Act, from January 1, 2010, to October 22, 2018.

Of them, only three surrendered their citizenship in 2010 and none did so in the years between 2012 to 2015. During 2016 and 2017, the number of people who had surrendered citizenship was 19 and 60 respectively.

A senior official of the Ministry said “economic reasons” were mainly behind the migration of people to other countries for employment and education, and only recently had the Ministry started documenting the reasons.

In the year 2016 and 2017, the number of Indian citizens who gave up their citizenship were 19 and 60. However, the MHA said in its response that since 23, 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs stopped preserving the data on this subject as it fell outside it’s ambit.

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