Poland issues most residence permits in EU - Eurostat

Poland topped the list of employment-connected permits, with 328,000 such papers issued. PWPW/Twitter

In 2018, Poland issued the biggest number of first residence permits to non-EU citizens among all EU member states, Eurostat, the EU's statistical agency, has said in a report.

Poland issued 635,000 residence permits, or 20 percent of all such documents in the EU in 2018. Germany came second with 544,000, or 17 percent of the total.

Next came the United Kingdom (451,000; 14 pct), France (265,000; 8 pct), Spain (260,000; 8 pct), Italy (239,000, 7 pct) and Sweden (125,000, 4 pct).

Poland topped the list of employment-connected permits, with 328,000 such papers issued, making up 37 percent of all residence-and-employment permits issued in the EU.

Germany issued most refugee residence permits, namely 219,000.

A total of 527,000 Ukrainians received residence permits in EU member states in 2018, making them the biggest national group among all recipients. Seventy-eight percent of those permits were issued by Poland.