Over 87,000 Indians renounced their citizenship till June this year: Lok Sabha

Data provided during the ongoing monsoon season of the Parliament by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar showed Indians renouncing their citizenship, states “our approach is to tap diaspora networks and utilise its reputation for national gain”

More than 87 thousand Indians renounced their citizenship till June this year, with more than 17 lakh people having given up their Indian citizenship since 2011.

On July 21, Minister for External Affairs, S Jaishankar, provided data over renunciation of Indian Citizenship to the Lok Sabha. As per the data, 87,026 Indians renounced their citizenship till June, 2023, 2,25,620 in 2022, 1,63,370 in 2021, 85,256 in 2020, 1,44,017 in 2019, 1,34,561 in 2018, 1,33,049 in 2017, 1,41,603 in 2016, 1,31,489 in 2015, 1,29,328 in 2014, 1,31,405 in 2013, 1,20,923 in 2012 and 1,22,819 in 2011.

“The number of Indian nationals exploring the global workplace has been significant in the last two decades. Many of them have chosen to take up foreign citizenship for reasons of personal convenience,” the minister stated in the written answer.

The minister also provided that a number of initiatives have been undertaken by the government to harness the talents of people in India, such as ‘Make in India’. Recognising that the Indian community abroad is an asset to the nation, Jaishankar stated that the government has brought about a transformational change in its engagement with the diaspora.

“A successful, prosperous and influential diaspora is an advantage for India and our approach is to tap diaspora networks and utilise its reputation for national gain. The Government’s efforts are particularly aimed at encouraging the exchanges of knowledge and expertise in a manner that would contribute to India’s national development.” he said, as provided in the answer.

The complete answer can be read here:


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