Less than a fifth of Maltese population has high level of education – Eurostat


Less than a fifth of Malta’s population has high educational attainment, new figures show.

According to Eurostat’s 2018 figures on National education attainment across the European Member States, only 18.6% of Malta’s population has a high educational attainment level.

This places Malta third from the bottom of the EU28, just ahead of Italy (16.7%) and Romania (14.3%). This figure is also registered as being almost 10% lower than the EU average (27.5%).

The highest performing countries for high level educational attainment are Cyprus (37.7%) and the United Kingdom (37.6%).

At the same time, this means that Malta records just over half of those with educational attainment to be in the lower bracket (53%), second from the top of the EU28, just behind Portugal (55.4%). Malta’s Medium level attainment accounts for just over a quarter (28.4%), considerably lower than the percentages recorded for the likes of Germany (58.5%), Poland (59.8%), Slovakia (64.2%) and the Czech Republic (67.7%).

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According to the Eurostat figures, 80.3% of EU citizens in Malta who are between the ages of 20 and 64 years old are employed. This is only slightly higher than the EU average of 77.1%. Lithuania represents the highest number of EU citizens of this age group working in the country (95.3%).

Where non-EU citizens are concerned,  77.3% of that demographic are in employment  This almost 20% higher than the EU average of Non-EU nationals working across the EU28 (59.3%).

Within the same age bracket, only 74.2% of Maltese are in employment. This is only slightly higher than the EU28 average (73.8%). Sweden has the highest recorded number of its own nationals working its workforce (84.9%)

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The Eurostat figures show that citizens from Russia were granted the most citizenship from Malta in 2017.

Over 400 people were granted citizenship (464) compared to 342 people from Saudi Arabia and 195 people from the United Kingdom.

This number of Russian citizenships were far higher than those granted by Bulgaria (174), Estonia (224), Lithuania (52) or Poland (220), but lower than those granted by Czech Republic (590) and Cyprus (1,315).

While the number citizenships granted by Malta sat at 1,973 in 2017, this was far exceeded by older EU member states like France (114,274), Germany (115,421), United Kingdom  (123,106) and Italy (146,605). Over 825,000 (825,447) citizenships were granted within the EU in 2017.

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