One in nine inhabitants of Cyprus is a foreigner
The percentage of resident citizens of other countries living in Cyprus, both from European Union member states and non-EU countries, is more than 10%, which puts the country in third place after Luxembourg and Malta in the list of EU countries that have a high percentage of immigrants to population, according to a report released Thursday by Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical service.
However, Cyprus is one of the few countries where the percentage of residents who are citizens of another EU member state is higher than the percentage of residents of non-EU countries.
As of January 1, 2021, 11% of residents of Cyprus were citizens of other EU member states, while 8% of residents were citizens of non-EU countries.
In the European Union as a whole, 5% of residents were citizens of a non-EU country, which corresponded in absolute figures to 23.7 million people.
The average number of EU citizens living in an EU country while holding the citizenship of another EU Member State was 4%, which corresponds to a total of 13.7 million people .
The largest numbers of non-citizens living in EU member states were recorded in Germany (10.6 million), Spain (5.4 million), France and Italy (each 5.2 million) . Non-citizens from these four Member States collectively accounted for 70.3% of the total number of non-citizens living in all EU Member States.
In relative terms, the EU country with the highest proportion of non-national citizens was Luxembourg (47% of its total population). Of this percentage, 38% came from an EU Member State and 9% from a third country.
A high proportion of non-citizens was also observed in Malta (8% EU citizens, 12% third-country citizens, 20% overall), Cyprus (11% plus 8%, 19% overall ) and Austria (9% plus 8%%, 17% in total).
By contrast, non-citizens made up less than 1% of the population in Romania. This percentage was around 1% in Poland, Slovakia and Bulgaria, 2% in Hungary and 3% in Croatia and Lithuania.
In most EU Member States, the majority of non-citizens were citizens of non-EU countries. Only in Luxembourg, Cyprus, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands and Slovakia, non-citizens were mainly citizens of another EU state.