Eurostat: Cyprus ranks third in terms of immigrant arrivals

About 27 immigrants per 1000 people arrived in Cyprus from non-EU countries in 2021

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About 27 immigrants per 1000 people arrived in Cyprus from non-EU countries in 2021 according to data released by Eurostat, the EU's statistical agency. A total of 22,7% of citizens in Cyprus were born in another country (either a third country or EU member state), bringing it to third place among the 27.

Although Cyprus is the country with the second highest percentage of citizens born in another member state (10,6%) of its citizens, it is well below the ranking, in fifth place, in terms of citizens born in a third country (12,2 .XNUMX%).

In relation to 2021, the number of citizens in Cyprus born in a third country increased while the number of citizens born in other member states decreased.

In 2021, around 2,3 million third-country migrants arrived in the European Union from non-EU countries and around 1,1 million people immigrated from the EU to a non-EU country in 2021.

The data also show a significant increase compared to 2020 when around 1,9 million migrants from third countries arrived in the EU, and around 956 thousand people migrated from the EU to a third country.

Also in 2021, 1,4 million people who previously lived in an EU country immigrated to another EU member state (1,2 million people in 2020).

In 2021, Cyprus had the third highest ratio of immigrant arrivals per 1000 people. In particular, on average in the EU around 5 immigrants per 1000 people were recorded, while the highest proportion was recorded in Luxembourg (almost 40 per 1000), Malta (35 per 1000) and Cyprus (27 per 1000).

The lowest levels of immigration were recorded in Slovakia (1 person per 1000) and Portugal and France (both 5 per 1000).

In terms of the percentage of the population in each Member State born in another country (both third country and another EU Member State), on 1 January 2022 it stood at 49,4% in Luxembourg, 23,6% in Malta and to 22,7% in Cyprus.

The lowest percentage of people born in another country was recorded in Romania (1,7%), Poland (2,5%) and Bulgaria (3,2%).

In absolute numbers, the largest populations of residents born in another country (third country or another Member State) were recorded in Germany (15,3 million people), France (8,7 million people) and Spain (7,4 million people ).

Regarding citizens from another EU country, the largest percentage was recorded in Luxembourg (33,8%), followed by Cyprus (10,6%) and Austria (9,3%). Significant percentages of residents from other Member States were also recorded in Belgium and Malta (7,9% each).

The lowest percentages of citizens from other EU member states were recorded in Poland and Lithuania (0,6% each), as well as Bulgaria and Romania (1,0% each).

Regarding citizens born in a third country, the highest percentages were recorded in Malta (15,7%), followed by Luxembourg (15,6%), Sweden (14,9%), Estonia (13,1%) and Cyprus (12,2%).

The lowest percentages of citizens not born in the EU were recorded in Romania (0,7%), Slovakia (1,0%), Poland (1,9%), Bulgaria (2,2%) and Hungary (2,9 .XNUMX%).

Compared to 2021, in absolute numbers, in 2022 an increase was recorded in 13 Member States in the number of citizens born in a third country or another Member State (Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden).

In five Member States, a decrease in the numbers of both of these groups was simultaneously recorded (Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Latvia and Romania).

At the same time, in some countries the number of citizens not born in the EU increased and that of citizens born in another member state decreased (Germany, France, Spain, Cyprus, Lithuania, Poland and Slovenia).

The reverse trend was recorded in Croatia (to a small extent) and Portugal, where there was an increase in citizens born in other Member States, and a decrease in citizens born in third countries.

Source: KYPE