Indians, over 1.61 lakh people gave up their citizenship in 2021. It is the highest in all these years. According to the data presented by the Union Minister of State for Home affairs, Nityanand Rai, gave this reply in the Lok Sabha.
A total of 1,63,370 Indians relinquished Indian Citizenship last year, whereas it was 1,44,017: 85,256 in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Maximum number of Indians gave up their Indian Citizenship and received citizenship of the USA, the number is 78,284; followed by 23,533 who took citizenship in Australia; 21,597 in Canada; and 14,637 in the UK in 2021.
Few reasons for renouncing citizenship
Reasons may vary from country to country and person to person. However, it is a person’s choice to choose which country s/he wants to stay in.
Firstly, India does not allow dual citizenship,. Once people take up the citizenship of another country automatically the Indian citizenship is cancelled. Mostly, people leave their countries for better jobs and living conditions. Few people push themselves out for climate change or unfavorable political situations at home.
Due to the brain drain, the Indian diaspora is spread around the world. As the new generations have the citizenship of others countries, the older generation would like to leave abroad to live with them.
In some high-profile cases, people who leave India may be fleeing the law or fear of legal action for alleged crimes.
Eventually people try to acquire citizenship for reasons like safety of women and children.
Many lifestyle factors like climate and pollution.
Their personal financial concerns which include taxes.
They may opt for better healthcare for families and educational opportunities for children.
Last but not the least they may want to escape oppressive governments.