Malta records highest rate of first residence permits issued in EU

REUTERS/Yves Herman

The highest rates of first resident permits issued in 2017, when compared to the population of each Member State, were recorded in Malta, with 23 permits issued per thousand population. 

According to Eurostat statistics, 3.1 million first residence permits were issued to non-EU citizens in the European Union in 2017. This number marks a 4% increase from the previous year. 

Employment reasons accounted for almost one-third (32%) of all first residence permits issued in the EU in 2017, family reasons for 26%, education reasons for 17%, and other reasons, including international protection, for 24%.