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Eurostat release on residence permits issued to non-EU citizens in 2009

Date Published: 26-09-2011

In 2009, EU Member States issued about 2.3 million new residence permits to non-EU citizens, which represents a decline of about 0.2 million compared with 2008.

Key findings:
The highest numbers of new permits were issued for the following reasons:

  • Family reunification and formation (28.2%)
  • Employment (27.6%)
  • Education (21.8%)

Overall, the main groups of non-EU citizens in receipt of new permits were:

  • Indian nationals (191,000)
  • US nationals (175,000)
  • Chinese nationals (171,000) 
  • Moroccan nationals (158,000)

EU Members States that granted the largest number of permits included:

  • UK (671,000)
  • Italy (507,000)
  • Spain (291,000)
  • Italy (193,000)

Ireland issued a total of 25,509 first residence permits during 2009:

  • Education reasons (12,263)
  • Other reasons (5,811)
  • Employment reasons (4,827)
  • Family reasons (2,608)

The largest group of non-EU citizens in receipt of new residence permits in Ireland included:

  • US (3,963)
  • Brazil (2,787)
  • India (1,950)
  • China (1,943)
  • Nigeria (1,221)
For more information:

See Eurostat release

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