More Indian immigrants are eyeing citizenships in wealthy nations

TravelMore Indian immigrants are eyeing citizenships in wealthy nations


Although the relationship between India and Canada has gotten worse over the last few months, we still see several Indian immigrants trying to get citizenship in the North American nations. You will be amazed to know that in 2021 itself, 21,000 of Indian immigrants applied for getting the North American citizenship, according to an OECD report.

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More number of Indians are migrating to developed countries with almost 4 lakhs of them transitioning to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries in 2021, the Times of India reported.

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The OECD’s International Migration Outlook: 2023 report, which was published in Paris on October 23 this year also proved how Canada has a spike in accepting migrants by registering a 174 percent increase between 2021 and 2022, the TOI said.

The year 2022 witnessed the largest number of foreign nationals receiving OECD country citizenships at 28 lakh, which was a staggering 25 percent hike from the previous year 2021.

However, the report didn’t provide any in-depth details of the country-specific data but it mentions that Indians lead the list when it comes to obtaining OECD country citizenships since 2019.

Approximately 1.3 lakh Indians got OECD citizenship in 2021, with the US leading the 38-country list with 56,000 citizenship granted. Australia came in second at 24,000 followed by Canada at 21,000. Amazing, isn’t it?

However, in comparison with the similar most populous country China, approximately 57,000 Chinese nationals received OECD citizenship, ranking fifth on the immigrants list.

For the unversed, OECD stands for The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which is an intergovernmental body that has 38 member nations and was started in 1961 to promote economic development and world trade.

Having its headquarters in France, the OECD includes rich countries that lead higher in the human development index and are usually referred to as the so-called developed nations. Their collaborative population is reportedly approximately 1.38 billion.

So, isn’t it really interesting to see that India is actually in the forefront of leaving their citizenships from the country and taking up another country’s citizenship for better opportunities? After all, the country has a huge population of roughly 140 crores and that makes the numbers look really small comparatively.

However, in the last decade, due to technological advancement, better education and training, Indians are willing to explore job and living options in foreign lands. After all, India has a talented and the most young workforce that doesn’t want to restrict themselves to study and work in their motherland alone.

Indians are seeking answers for several mysteries of life and are learning new fields so that they can contribute for the betterment of the world by exploring international opportunities. The topic that after studying and attaining a foreign degree, why don’t they want to come back to their home country and make a change is a totally different one to debate on and we will surely discuss about this in the near future. So, are you also planning to take up a foreign degree and settle there in future? Share your views in the comments below.

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