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Citizenship in numbers
Comparison of the number of persons who were granted the citizenship by way of naturalization with the number of persons who lost the citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania (annual data)
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Source: Migration Department
 

Lithuanian citizenship is acquired by birth, if one of the parents is a Lithuanian national or a stateless person. Lithuanian citizenship can also be acquired by naturalization, reinstated for persons or descendants of persons who had Lithuanian citizenship prior to 15 June 1940. Conditions for naturalization are tough, thus the number of persons who acquire citizenship by naturalization is small.

In 2006 Constitutional Court stated that dual citizenship in Lithuania can be allowed only in exceptional cases. The new Law on Citizenship effective from 1 April, 2011 states that a Lithuanian citizen cannot be a citizen of another state except in situation clearly defined by the law (e.g. dual citizenship is allowed for persons who departed or were deported from Lithuania during occupation, children born to Lithuanian parents can have dual citizenship until they are 21 - then they have to choose). This legal regulation was criticized by some social groups (Lithuanian World Community). There were discussions that such strict regulations need to be amended. On 28 November, 2015 the Law on Citizenship was amended and provided for a dual citizenship for persons who have acquire a citizenship of another state by birth.

In 2015 Lithuanian citizenship by naturalization was granted to 177 third country nationals; 641 Lithuanian citizens refused Lithuanian citizenship or lost it due to acquiring citizenship of another country.

Updated 2016-06-17