PQ: Citizenship Status

Wed, December 16, 2015

106. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of foreign nationals who have been naturalised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service and the number of naturalised persons registered on the electoral register since their naturalisation.

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the number of persons that have been naturalised from 2005 to date is 113,000 approximately.

Once granted citizenship new citizens acquire the same rights as all other citizens. A leaflet informing new citizens of their right to register and vote in all elections in the State, and how they can register, is included in the information packs issued to all candidates at citizenship ceremonies. However, my Department would not have any information on the number of naturalised persons who registered on the electoral register.

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