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The rate of requests for Afghan citizenship revocation decreased since establishment of the National Unity Government

Before 2012, the number of applicants renouncing Afghan citizenship was not significant; approximately 1,000 people each year requested renunciation from 2012 to 2015.

Since establishment of the National Unity Government, around 800 people each year request to renounce their citizenship. This shows a decrease of 200 in the number of applications for renunciation of Afghan citizenship each year.

From 2014 until 2015, the number of foreign nationals applying for Afghan citizenship was 102.

Between 2015 and 2016, 27 individuals applied to gain Afghan citizenship.

Most of the applicants renouncing Afghan citizenship come from those living in Iran. According to the applicants, they need to withdraw their Afghan citizenship to gain citizenship of another country since laws of some countries do not accept dual-citizenship. The requests to gain Afghan citizenships are from nationals of neighboring countries mainly due to marriage with Afghan citizens.