In 2021, Switzerland again became the country where the majority of Portuguese emigrants acquired citizenship, dethroning the UK, which retains the second position, according to the Emigration Report, which will be presented this Wednesday in Lisbon.
An initiative of the State Secretariat for Portuguese Communities, based on data collected by Observatório da Emigração, the research center of the Iscte Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, the report indicates that Switzerland recorded last year 2087 citizenship acquisitions Switzerland by the Portuguese living in this country.
The authors of the document claim that since 2001 the number of Portuguese entering Switzerland has not been this low..
In 2013, the Portuguese accounted for 12% of migrants who arrived in Switzerland, while in 2021 they were only 5.3%.
Switzerland is the third country in the world where the most Portuguese emigrate after Spain and the UK.
Switzerland was the main destination of Portuguese emigration in 2020, overthrowing the United Kingdom.
It is followed by the United Kingdom (2042), the United States of America (1555), Luxembourg (1141) and France (1128 in 2020) as the countries with the highest percentage of citizenship acquired by the Portuguese.
In the case of the United Kingdom, this “race” for citizenship “seems to be driven primarily by Brexit concerns and the reduction in rights associated with alien status,” the authors point out. document.
In 2021, the Portuguese made up 17% of foreigners who acquired Luxembourg citizenship, a high percentage that has increased for the second time in the last five years.
Luxembourg has become the sixth country in the world where more Portuguese emigrate..