Poland issues highest number of residency permits in EU for third year in a row

Poland handed out 724,000 residency permits which accounted for a whopping 25 percent of the total permits issued by EU members. Kalbar/TFN

For the third year in a row, Poland has issued the most residency permits to immigrants coming into the EU, new statistics show.

Data released by EuroStat shows that Poland handed out 724,000 residency permits which accounted for a whopping 25 percent of the total permits issued by EU members.

Ukrainians were the largest group of foreigners to receive first residence permits in the EU in 2019 with 757,000 people making the change in country. 

In total, immigrants who were granted residency permits in Poland from outside the EU, came from over 78 different countries as well as some who were considered ‘stateless’.Eurostat

Almost 80 percent of these permits, 599,468, were issued by Poland.

In both 2017 and 2018 it was also Ukrainian nationals leading the immigration into Poland.

The second highest group of immigrants came from Belarus with 54,107 immigrating to Poland followed by Georgia, Russia and Moldova.

The number of permits issued per 1,000 people rose slightly to 19 having been at 18 for the last two years. This placed Poland third overall again in the EU, with the EU average being 7 per 1,000. This is only one third of Poland’s total.Eurostat

In total, immigrants who were granted residency permits in Poland from outside the EU, came from over 78 different countries as well as some who were considered ‘stateless’.

Germany issued the second most residency permits with 460,000, followed by Spain, France and Italy.

The number of permits issued per 1,000 people rose slightly to 19 having been at 18 for the last two years. This placed Poland third overall again in the EU, with the EU average being 7 per 1,000. This is only one third of Poland’s total.

Ukrainians were the largest group of foreigners to receive first residence permits in the EU in 2019 with 757,000 people making the change in country. Kalbar/TFN

According to the Eurostat data 87 percent of Ukrainian immigrants that came to the EU did so for work, 3 percent came for educational purposes and the remaining ten percent came for family or other reasons.

The other top ten nations  immigrants came from into the EU  included Morocco, India, China, Brazil, Syria, Russia, Turkey, USA and Belarus.

Poland was one of the first countries to open their borders to Belarussian students after the recent unrest following the elections in the country.