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Irish Citizenship Surge: Indians Claim 13%, 11,000 New Citizenships This Year

Dublin: Ireland, witnessed a significant moment as it granted citizenship to 3,000 immigrants from 131 different countries in three separate ceremonies held at the National Convention Centre on Monday.

What stands out is the notable increase in the number of individuals seeking Irish citizenship, with a remarkable 13% taking the step. Traditionally, fewer than ten percent of applicants from India choose to become Irish citizens; however, this time, 421 people from India were among those who were granted citizenship.

The recipients of Irish citizenship spanned a diverse range of nationalities, with the United Kingdom (254), Brazil (181), Poland (169), Nigeria (153), Romania (143), the Philippines (137), Pakistan (128), China (128), and South Africa (80) being some of the prominent countries represented.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee, the chief guest at the ceremony, emphasised the significance of this moment, highlighting that it represents a meaningful return of people to the country, mirroring the migration patterns of millions of Irish individuals who left for other lands in previous centuries. She underscored that approximately 20% of the current population in Ireland was not born within its borders, emphasising the importance of embracing their cultures, heritages, and traditions and ensuring their successful assimilation into Irish society.

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