One in four foreigners granted citizenship within the European Union lives in Spain, new figures show, more than in any other member state.
Nearly one million citizenships are granted across the European Union annually and almost 23 percent became citizens of Spain, according to a Eurostat report released yesterday.
At 225,800 this was the highest number of people given citizenship in any country across the EU, showed the latest figures relating to 2013.
Spain was followed in second place by the United Kingdom which gave citizenship to 207,500 or 21 percent of the total EU citizenships handed out.
A vast majority of those granted citizenship in Spain came from outside the EU with only 1 percent coming from another member state.
The biggest group of people granted citizenship in Spain came from Colombia at 17.2 percent, followed by Ecuador at 17 percent and Morocco at 13.4 percent.