Acquisition of Swiss citizenship, dual citizenship

An acquisition of Swiss citizenship is when a foreign national obtains a Swiss passport. This person is henceforth included in the population statistics of Swiss nationals. There are five ways of acquiring Swiss citizenship:

  1. Standard naturalisation
  2. Simplified naturalisation
  3. Reintegration
  4. Ascertainment of Swiss citizenship
  5. Adoption of a minor child
Acquisition of Swiss citizenship (in thousand)
  2015 2016 2017
Total
40.7 42.9 44.9
   Male 19.4 20.4 21.5
   Female 21.3 22.5 23.4
From:      

   Europe

32.3 33.5 35.7

   UE-28/EFTA

22.3 23.2 25.2

   Africa

2.3 3.1 2.9

   America

2.5 2.5 2.6

   Asia

3.4 3.7 3.6
Way of acquiring      

   Standard naturalisation

31.2 33.7
35.4

   Simplified naturalisation

9.3 9.1
9.4
Source: FSO, STATPOP

Changes in the law on the acquisition of Swiss citizenship (1978, 1992) have an influence on the annual number of Swiss citizenship acquisitions. These naturalisations concern foreigners who have lived for a long time in Switzerland, who grew up in this country or who married a Swiss citizen.

Definitions

Dual citizenship (also called dual nationality) is when a person has at least two different nationalities, if which one is Swiss nationality. People with Swiss nationality as well as that of another country (dual nationals) are considered as Swiss in the statistics. They may be Swiss by birth (born to one Swiss parent and one foreign national parent) or through naturalisation.

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Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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