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 Last year, EU issued 3.4 million residence permits, mostly to Ukrainians


November 22, 2017

Last year, EU issued 3.4 million residence permits, mostly to Ukrainians

In 2016, the EU issued 3.4 million first residence permits, and the biggest group of receivers are Ukrainians, DW informs with reference to the EU representative office in Ukraine. 

It is informed that in 2016, the citizens of non-EU countries received nearly 3.4 first residence permits in the European Union. It is a record number since 2008, and is 28 percent higher than in 2015. 

According to the Delegation of the EU to Ukraine, citizens of Ukraine (589,000) received the highest number of residence permits, and the majority of them (nearly 83 percent) were connected with work. The second biggest group is Syrians (more than 348,000). 

It is noted that 87 percent of Ukrainians received residence permits in Poland. This country also issued the EU’s biggest number of work permits – 494,000 (or 58 percent of the total number). 

The biggest number of residence permits were issued in the UK – nearly 866,000, or one in four permits issued in the EU in 2016. The UK issued also the biggest number of education permits – 365,000, or 53 percent of the total number of education permits within the EU. 

In Germany, nearly 505,000 first residence permits (15 percent of the total number within the EU) were issued. 56 percent of them were connected with the humanitarian reasons and the status of international protection the EU representatives say.