Malta tops list of res­i­dency per­mits is­sued per capita

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Malta is­sued the high­est num­ber of res­i­dency per­mits in 2015, com­pared to its pop­u­la­tion, sta­tis­tics is­sued by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum show.

Malta is­sued 23.1 first-time res­i­dence per­mits per thou­sand peo­ple in the pop­u­la­tion. Cyprus is se­cond, with 18.4 is­sued per thou­sand; Poland third with 14.3; Swe­den fourth with 11.3; and the UK fifth with 9.7.

The Mal­tese gov­ern­ment has been un­der fire for sev­eral months in the wake of the in­di­vid­ual in­vest­ment pro­gramme (IIP), as well as other scan­dals linked with the is­su­ing of visas to Libyans and Al­ge­ri­ans.

Some 7,000 visas were is­sued to Al­ge­ri­ans and an­other 14,000 to Libyans in the past months

The World Eco­nomic Fo­rum re­port con­firms that Malta is way in front of other coun­tries in such sta­tis­tics.

In 2015, 2.6 mil­lion first-time res­i­dence per­mits were is­sued in the Euro­pean Union to nonEU ci­ti­zens, a record num­ber and a rise of 12.1% com­pared with the year be­fore.

The high­est num­ber of per­mits was is­sued in the United King­dom. Almost a quar­ter of the to­tal of all the per­mits is­sued in the EU were is­sued in the coun­try – 633,000 in to­tal, ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by Euro­stat.

Poland was next, is­su­ing over half a mil­lion per­mits (542,000), which rep­re­sents over a fifth of all per­mits.

France is­sued close to a quar­ter of a mil­lion per­mits (227,000) – less than 10% of the to­tal. Ger­many is­sued 195,000, Spain is­sued 193,000 and Italy is­sued 179,000.

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