Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Mostly Ukrainians received Slovak citizenship in 2014

The country was second to last in the EU in granting citizenships to foreigners.

Illustrative stock photo(Source: TASR)

The member states of the European Union granted their citizenships to altogether 890,000 people in 2014, which is a slight decreased compared to 2013 when 981,000 foreigners received citizenship in EU states, according to the Eurostat statistics office.

Slovakia granted only 234 citizenships in 2014, placing it second to last. The only country granting citizenship to fewer people was Lithuania (183), the SITA newswire wrote.

Of the total number, most new Slovak passports were granted to Ukrainians (26.5 percent), followed by Vietnamese (20.9 percent) and Czechs (15.8 percent).

Overall 24 percent of new citizenships were granted to other EU nationals, while 76 percent went to non-EU citizens.

Regarding the whole EU, up to 89 percent of people who were granted citizenship in 2014 were from countries outside the Union, with the biggest group of them being Moroccans (92,700). They mostly received citizenship in Spain, Italy or France. In second came Albanians (41,000) who were granted their new citizenship in Greece and Italy, SITA reported.

The most citizenships were granted by Spain (205,880), followed by Italy (129,887), the United Kingdom (125,605), Germany (110,610), and France (105,613).

Top stories

Meucci: Italy is not going through a catastrophe

Gabriele Meucci has been serving as the Italian Ambassador to Slovakia since January this year. Coming from a posting in Kosovo where he headed the major EULEX mission, he says that Slovakia is a haven for Italian…

Italian Ambassador to Slovakia Gabriele Meucci

Discussion about road project becomes emotional

Analysts want more alternatives for the road from Zvolen to Košice to be assessed

The protest at Soroška

Penta’s share in Petit Press publishing house will be lower

Shareholders of Petit Press, publisher of the Sme daily, agreed on new relationship structure

Slovakia commemorates the 1968 invasion. Here’s what it looked like Photo

Anniversary of the Warsaw Pact troop invasion that ended the Prague Spring.