Annual Statistics – January 2021
In January each year, the Luxembourg Ministry of Justice publishes an annual statistical report on the number of people who have obtained Luxembourg nationality.
In 2020, 9,389 people obtained Luxembourg nationality through various procedures. These included procedures for recovering Luxembourg nationality (article 89) and nationality by option (article 23).
A Decrease in Total Applicants
2020 was a year of social upheaval that touched the globe. Therefore, it is not surprising that the number of applicants decreased.
In 2020, 9,389 people acquired Luxembourg citizenship versus 11,451 people in 2019 (decrease of 18%).
Given that the processing offices were closed for nearly 25% of the year, this is less of a drop than could be expected otherwise.
Applications by Country
While we saw a notable decrease in total applicants across the world, the percentage of Americans applying out of all applicants remained the same as the previous year.
Of the 9,389 applicants, the French were the largest group (24.1%). On the other hand, 438 Americans obtained Luxembourg citizenship in 2020. This puts Americans in 5th place in 2020 or 5% total, the same as 2019.
Trend – Americans Decrease for First Time in 2020
It appears that the Covid-19 pandemic caused a decrease in the number of Americans applying to recover Luxembourg citizenship by ancestry. This marked the first decrease in 12 years.
Of these 438 Americans acquiring Luxembourg Citizenship in 2020, 395 or 90% reclaimed Luxembourg citizenship under the Article 89* process.
This is a 38% decrease – 244 fewer people getting citizenship than the amount who obtained it in 2019.
*The Ministry of Justice does not publish statistics on individuals who obtained Luxembourg nationality certificates through the Article 7 process.
Trend – Overall, Luxembourg’s Getting Real American
From our research and ministry statistics, for 4,509 future and current dual citizens, approximately 48% s have children. If we apply the predicted number of children to the above figure, we would get 6,019 new citizens.
There is some uncertainty around Covid-19’s effects on travel this year. However, the evidence indicates that Americans who recover Luxembourg citizenship are on the path to make up the equivalent of 1% of Luxembourg’s population (626,100). Further, this figure could possibly be much higher when we look beyond Article 89.
Interest in Applying for Dual Citizenship – 2020 Trends
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of people were unable to travel to Luxembourg to complete their citizenship procedure in 2020. However, interest in new applications for citizenship appeared higher than ever.
In fact, LuxCitizenship added 23% more clients in 2020 than in 2018, our previous record-setting year.
But don’t just take our word for it.
Some Americans are still able to obtain Luxembourg nationality even after December 31, 2018. This primarily concerns people with a parent or grandparent who was Luxembourgish. Also, some Americans never lost their Luxembourgish nationality from the point of view of the law. They are only applying for legal proof of their already existing Luxembourgish Nationality for the first time. The Ministry of Justice does not publish statistics on this figure, but it accounts for a few thousand additional US-Americans.