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
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total
33.5 34.1 32.8 40.7 42.9
   Male 15.9 16.0 15.5 19.4 20.4
   Female 17.6 18.1 17.4 21.3 22.5
From:          

   Europe

25.8 26.5 25.9 32.3 33.5

   UE-28/EFTA

15.1 16.5 17.1 22.3 23.2

   Africa

2.4 2.4 2.0 2.3 3.1

   America

1.9 2.1 2.0 2.5 2.5

   Asia

3.3 3.0 2.9 3.4 3.7
Way of acquiring          

   Standard naturalisation

25.8 25.1 23.7 31.2 33.7

   Simplified naturalisation

7.2 8.6 8.9 9.3 9.1
Sources: 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.

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

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