More than one thousand foreigners obtained Ukrainian citizenship in 2019 by Presidential decrees

Presidents Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelenskyy accepted 1,100 foreigners into the citizenship of Ukraine in 2019, of which the majority are Russians.

This is stated in the response of the State Migration Service to the request of the Ukrainian News Agency.

“During 2019, 1,090 persons were accepted into the citizenship of Ukraine by decrees of the President of Ukraine,” the response reads.

Both under Poroshenko and Zelenskyy, Ukrainian citizenship was received mainly by Russians - 97 and 84, respectively.

In 2019, mainly people from Russia were accepted into the citizenship of Ukraine - 181, from Syria - 124 and from Armenia - 105, and 89 people before that did not have citizenship of any country.

Also last year, 63 people from Iran, 60 from Iraq, 50 from Lebanon, 49 from Afghanistan, 41 from Moldova, 34 from Uzbekistan, 33 from Jordan, 32 from Belarus and 31 from Georgia and Azerbaijan each became Ukrainian citizens.

In addition to 1,100 people accepted into the citizenship of Ukraine by presidential decrees, in 2019, 20,200 people acquired Ukrainian citizenship.

Almost 6,000 people withdrew from citizenship. According to international agreements on a simplified procedure for changing citizenship with Belarus, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, in 2019, citizenship of 471 Ukrainians was terminated.

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