European Migration Network (EMN) published a study “Pathways to citizenship for third-country nationals in the EU”. The document compares 25 member states of the Network, namely their experiences and good practices regarding granting citizenship, as well as discusses statistical data and the scope of acquiring the citizenship in relation to integration and demographic trends.
The results of the study that looks over the past five years reveal that member states see the citizenship as both the culmination of an integration process and as a way to facilitate its development. Nonetheless, in most of the countries analysed in the research, third-country nationals are not actively encouraged to apply for the citizenship and receive limited support.
It is noteworthy that during the covered period overall number of individuals who acquired the citizenship in a EU member state has been decreasing.