Indian immigrants formed largest group to acquire citizenship in OECD countries in 2015, says study

India leads the list of countries (of origin) whose nationals have immigrated to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations and acquired citizenship there, a report released on Thursday revealed.

With a total of 1.3 lakh people of Indian origin receiving citizenship of OECD countries in 2015, India stands ahead of Mexico, Philippines, Morocco and China.

Indian immigrants formed largest group to acquire citizenship in OECD countries in 2015, says study

The 'International Migration Outlook 2017' report was published by OECD, which is is a global think-tank of 35 member nations, including European countries, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Family migration, which includes four main subcategories — family formation, accompanying family, family reunification and international adoption — has been the main channel of permanent migration to the OECD area in recent years. the report said.

Representative image. Reuters

Representative image. Reuters

India is fifth in a list of countries of origin with most migrants to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations, the report said. In 2015, OECD nations had more 'new immigrants' coming in from China, Syria, Romania and Poland.

The number of Indian immigrants in OECD countries in 2015 stood at 2.68 lakh, which accounts for around four percent of the total immigration to these countries in the year. This is slightly lower than 2014's figure of 2.85 lakh, when India was at the fourth position, largely because Syria climbed to second place after its refugee crisis.

The report said that humanitarian migration was the main driver behind the rise in average numbers in 2015-16. In 2015, among new migrants to OECD countries, 29 percent came from another OECD country, it said.

With 1.86 lakh candidates, India only follows China (with six lakh students) in the list of countries of origin with highest number of international students studying in OECD countries, the report said. Other nations in this list include Germany, Korea, France and Saudi Arabia. The United States remains the favourite destination for such students, recording around three times the number recorded by second-place United Kingdom.

Indians are now the biggest immigrant group in Australia and New Zealand, the second biggest in Canada, and the third biggest in the United States and Finland.

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Updated Date: Jun 30, 2017 12:17:09 IST

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