Moroccan nationals remain the main recipients of the nationality of an EU member state with 86,500 acquisitions in 2013.
According to data released Wednesday by the EU Statistical Office (Eurostat), they represent 8.8 pc of total strangers who acquired citizenship of an EU member state in 2013, reports Eurostat.
A year earlier, 8.2 pc of foreign nationals who have acquired citizenship of an EU member state were Moroccans (59,300 people).
Eurostat notes that 84 pc of 86,500 Moroccans who have been granted a European passport have obtained in Spain (35.1 per cent), Italy (29.4 per cent) and France (19.3 pc).
Moroccans also remain the main recipients of Belgian nationality (17 pc) and the Netherlands (15 pc), according to Eurostat statistics.