Compared to the same quarter last year (2402), the naturalizations by 102.5 percent. And also in comparison to the time before the corona pandemic (Q1 2019: 2764 naturalizations) resulted in an increase of 76 percent. This is primarily due to naturalizations according to §58c StbG. Under this legal title, descendants of victims of the Nazi regime have had the opportunity since September 2020 naturalizationwithout having to give up their previous citizenship in return. In the first quarter of 2022, 1927 people received Austrian citizenship in this way, which is 39.6 percent of all naturalizations matters.
Of these, 1911 live abroad. The majority of these are nationals of three countries: 781 come from Israel, 414 from the United Kingdom and 407 from the United States. Previously, those naturalized for other reasons were most frequently citizens of Turkey (340 or 7 percent), Syria (304 or 6.2 percent) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (237 or 4.9 percent). About half of naturalizations in the first quarter there were women (49.7 percent), the proportion of minors (under the age of 18) was 31.7 percent. A fifth of those newly naturalized were already born in Austria (1029 or 21.2 percent).