Government data points out that over 1.6 million Indians have given up their citizenship from 2011 onwards, and in the last year alone ie 2022 close to 1,82,000 has relinquished Indian citizenship.
In terms of the first choice, Indians still prefer the United States compared to other countries. This is despite the fact that there have been a lot of curbs on foreigners recently.
In the year 2021, over 1,60,000 Indians gave up their citizenship to gain citizenship in other countries, as per new government data. Of course, the trend came down during the Covid pandemic as only 85,256 citizens shifted out of the country. In the pre-pandemic year, ie 2019, more than 1,43,000 Indians abandoned their citizenship. The United States leads on this count as 78,284 Indians moved over there with Australia and Canada emerging as the second and third countries to hand over more citizenships to people from India.
Indian population is strewn across the United Arab Emirates (3.5 million), the United States of America (2.7 million) and Saudi Arabia (2.5 million).
More & More Indian Students In Foreign Universities?
Prior to the pandemic-induced restrictions and Russia’s attack on Ukraine, around 6 lakh Indian students left for foreign countries to study at the universities over there. These numbers came down drastically in 2022 only to increase gradually as the pandemic-led restrictions got eased eventually.
As has been evident over the last few months, Canada happens to be a popular destination, thanks to convenient immigration procedures and excellent working regulations for migrants. The United States, Australia and the United Kingdom and China come as the top 5 destinations for Indian students, with Germany catching up swiftly.
The Inflow Of Remittance
Even in terms of remittance, these trends have had a positive impact on the Indian economy. Indians working abroad sent home a lot of money this year, making India the top recipient of remittances across the globe.
A World Bank report also indicated the possibility of remittance to India increasing to 12% to touch $100 billion this year. Overall, these stats indicate that the worst is over and it’s time to reclaim the old glory.