The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has announced that 10,158 people – including 3,136 children – were granted Irish citizenship in 2018. The figures bring the number of new Irish citizens to have received their certificate of naturalisation since the introduction of Citizenship Ceremonies in 2011 to over 120,000.
The profile of applicants has changed significantly over recent years, with an increase in the number of applications on hand from UK Nationals. The number of UK nationals obtaining Irish citizenship has increased from 41 in 2015 to 665 in 2018.
Of the top 20 nationalities receiving citizenship in 2018, the youngest attendees by nationality are from Bangladesh with an average age of 32.5 while the oldest are from the UK with an average age of 56.
Just over two thirds (67%) of naturalised citizens in 2018 are between the ages of 25 and 45 as against 40% of the general Population on Census Night 2016. The proportion of naturalised citizens in 2018 who are between the ages of 18 and 35 is 28%, slightly less that the general Irish population where the proportion between 18 and 35 is 29.5%.
Just under a third of the Irish population over 18 is age 55 and over but naturalised citizens over the age of 55 make up just 11% of the new citizens in 2018.