Hint: It’s not Germany
More than three million first residence permits were granted by European Union member states in 2017, figures from the bloc’s official statistics agency revealed on Monday.
First residence permits granted by an EU member state allow nationals from non-EU countries (also known as third-country nationals) to stay for at least 3 months on its territory.
Poland was the main country giving such permits with 683,228 delivered or 21.7% of the bloc’s total, according to Eurostat.
It was followed by Germany (535,446 or 17%) and the UK (517,000 or 16.4%).
The largest share of first residence permits was given to people from Ukraine who were nearly 662,000 (21%) to be granted such permits. The vast majority — 88% — received their permits from Poland.
According to the United Nations’International Organisation for Migration, Ukraine “is one of the most migration-affected countries in Europe.”
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