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15 countries that lead in giving citizenship

Last updated on: June 28, 2012 12:47 IST

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There are many countries that have restrictive immigration policies, while some have a welcoming policy.

Here we take a look at some countries that have given most citizenships between 2001 and 2010 in the world, according to an Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development report.

Source: The Economist

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Image: The evening sun illuminates Schoenbrunn palace in Vienna.
Photographs: Herwig Prammer/Reuters

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The United States

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 6.6 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 13 per cent

Global rank: 1

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Image: A view of the downtown area in Los Angeles.
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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Russia

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 3.1 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): N/A

Global rank: 2

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Image: A view of Moscow's Kremlin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Moscow City Business District.
Photographs: Anton Golubev/Reuters
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Canada

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 1.7 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 20 per cent

Global rank: 3

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Britain

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 1.5 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 12 per cent

Global rank: 4

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Image: Traffic on the road and the Thames passes the Houses of Parliament in London.
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France

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 1.4 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 9 per cent

Global rank: 5

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Image: View of rooftops and the Montmartre's Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris.
Photographs: Mal Langsdon/Reuters
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Germany

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 1.3 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 13 per cent

Global rank: 6

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Australia

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 1 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 27 per cent

Global rank: 7

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Image: Rowers train at dawn on the Yarra River in Melbourne.
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Spain

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 0.6 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 15 per cent

Global rank: 8

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Switzerland

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 0.4 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 27 per cent

Global rank: 9

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Sweden

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 0.2 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 15 per cent

Global rank: 10

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Image: View of the Turning Torso in the western harbour area of Malmo.
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The Netherlands

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 0.2 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 11 per cent

Global rank: 11

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Image: Two women ride their bicycles on the Lindengracht in Amsterdam.
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Italy

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 0.2 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 8 per cent

Global rank: 12

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New Zealand

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 0.1 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 23 per cent

Global rank: 13

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Japan

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 0.1 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 2 per cent

Global rank: 14

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Image: Japan's Mt Fuji, covered with snow, is seen through Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo.
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South Korea

Naturalisations (2001-2010): 0.1 million

Foreign-born population of total (2010): 2 per cent

Global rank: 15


Image: A woman reads a book beside a bronze statue in front of Sejong Centre for the Performing Arts in central Seoul.
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