Cyprus is the second in Europe
for residence permits


In 2017 Malta issued the highest number of residence permits in Europe, with 23 permits per 1 000 Maltese citizens while Cyprus came second with 22.1 per 1 000 citizens, according to Eurostat. It amounted to a total of 18,971 residence permits, of which citizens of India received 4 710, (24.8%), Russians 2 883 (15.2%) followed by Nepal 1 406 (7.4%). 2 741 permits (14.4%) were granted for family reasons, 4,923 (26%) for educational purposes, 8,204 (43.2%) for employment and 3,103 (16.4%) for "other reasons". Meanwhile in 2017 in all of the European Union about 3.1 million first residence permits were issued to non-EU citizens. This is an increase by almost by 4% (or 112,000) as compared to 2016. Almost one-third (32%) of all first residence permits issued in the EU last year were for employment reasons, 26% for family reasons, 17% for education reasons and 24% for and other reasons, including international protection. In terms of increase of each category of permits, the employment ones went up by 15,000, or 18%, family rose by 49,000, or 6% and education reasons by 30,000, or 6%, whereas the number of first permits issued for other reasons decreased by 123,000 (-14%).
One out of five first permits were issued in Poland (683,000, or 22% of the total issued in the EU), followed by Germany (535,000, or 17%), the UK (517,000, or 16%), France (250 000, or 8%), Spain (231 000, or 7%), Italy (187,000, or 6%) and Sweden (130,000, or 4%). Compared to the population of each country, the highest rates of first resident permits issued in 2017 were recorded in Malta (23 per 1000 population), Cyprus (22), Poland (18), Sweden (13) and Luxembourg (12). Citizens of Ukraine (662,000 beneficiaries, almost 88% in Poland) continued to receive the highest number of permits in the EU, followed by Syria (223,000, almost two-thirds in Germany), China including Hong Kong (193,000, almost half in the UK), India (163,000, 44% in the UK) and the United States (147,000, over half in the UK), Morocco (108,000, 41% in Spain) and Afghanistan (87,000, around 61% in Germany).

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