Over 16.000 persons were granted Austrian citizenship in 2021

According to Statistics Austria, a total of 16.171 persons were granted Austrian citizenship in 2021, including 6.448 persons residing abroad.

The number of naturalisations of persons residing in Austria in 2021 was 9.723, 10,5% higher than in 2020 (8.796 persons), but 7,4% lower than in 2019 (10.500 persons).

A fifth (21,0%) of all 2021 naturalized people were already born in Austria.

8.169 (50,5%) of those naturalised were women, while the proportion of children under the age of 18 was 30,1% (4.870 people).

The number of naturalisations in 2021 was significantly higher, almost entirely due to the introduction of the possibility of naturalising descendants of descendants of victims of the Nazi regime.

Since 1 September 2020, these people, most of whom live abroad, have the option of naturalisation without having to give up their previous nationality.

Thus, in 2021, 6.427 persons received Austrian citizenship under this legal title, which corresponded to 39,7% of all naturalisations.

Persons naturalised under this rule most often are citizens of Israel (2.612 or 16,2%), the United States (1.630 or 10,1%) and the United Kingdom (1.152 or 7,1%).

Among those naturalised for another reason, the most common previous citizenships were Turkey (1.101 or 6,8%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (921 or 5,7%) and Serbia (782 or 4,8%).

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