In 2015, a total of 2,697 passports were issued, of which 1,138 were granted to Russians, 256 to Ukrainians and 122 to Chinese nationals. These were the top three countries of origin for the acquisition of citizenship by non-EU nationals in 2015, according to Eurostat.
In 2014, Cyprus awarded 1,526 citizenships, of which 618 were to Russians, 125 to Ukrainians and 107 to Australians (the third highest).
Between 2014 and 2015, therefore, 1,756 passports were issued to Russians and 381 to Ukrainians. Together they accounted for 50.6% of the 4,223 total.
This is the first official data on the number of citizenships granted since the Cyprus government introduced the naturalisation by exception (‘cash for passports’) scheme in early 2014. The Cypriot government has not published any figures on the number...