According to new data released by Eurostat, around 28,000 non-EU residents were given Maltese working permits in 2022.
The European data & statistics hub revealed that Malta registered 37,851 residence permits, an increase of 164% from the 14,358 permits granted in 2021.
These permits are granted to persons requesting residence in a European Union State for more than 3 months pending the presentation of a valid reason.
Amongst other permits in 2022, 27,549 people were granted working permits, 5,260 were granted education permits and 2,693 were granted permits to visit their family.
The last census revealed that Malta had a population of 519,562, with 115,449 of them being foreigners. For context, 3.7 million residence permits to non-EU citizens were granted in the European Union in 2022, with Germany issuing 538,690 residence permits which accounts for 15% of the EU’s residents permits.