According to figures released by Eurostat, in 2015 Malta issued the highest rates of first resident permits compared to its population – 23.1 first residence permits issued per thousand population.


Malta was followed by:
Cyprus (18.4 permits),
Poland (14.3 permits),
Sweden (11.3 permits),
United Kingdom (9.7 permits).


According to Eurostat, increase was mainly due to the higher number of first permits issued in Malta for employment reasons.