EUROSTAT: “Majority of Albanians were granted long-term EU residence permits in 2018”

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 2, 2020 12:00

EUROSTAT: “Majority of Albanians were granted long-term  EU residence permits in 2018”

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  • Eurostat states that “the concentration of persons who were issued first residence permits in Germany was highest for Montenegrins and citizens of Kosovo”, but nevertheless, residence permits issued by Germany to Albanian immigrants have significantly increased since 2013.

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TIRANA, Feb. 2 – According to the latest report by Eurostat, about 80 percent of residence permits issued to Albanians working and living in the European Union were granted for a period exceeding 12 months. In 2018 alone, more than 50,000 residence permits out of 62,500 permits issued in total, were granted for a period longer than one year. As such, the number of long-term issued residence permits increased by 17 percent compared to the previous year. 

Moreover, the report shows that 15 percent of first residence permits were issued for a period between six to 11 months and about 2280 permits, making up 4 percent of the total, were granted for a period between three to five months.

Germany issued the largest numbers of first residence permits for citizens of six of the enlargement countries, excluding Albania; The countries which issued the most residence permits to Albanians include the neighboring countries such as Italy, with 23,147 permits and Greece 16,936 permits. The two countries accounted for over 60 percent of the total permits issued by EU countries.

Eurostat states that “the concentration of persons who were issued first residence permits in Germany was highest for Montenegrins and citizens of Kosovo”, but nevertheless, residence permits issued by Germany to Albanian immigrants have significantly increased since 2013. 

The country accounted for 16 percent of the total residence permits issued during the last year. Over 6600 permits were granted for a period over 12 months.

Out of the total issued permits granted to citizens of the enlargement countries, 40.2 percent were for family-reasons, 33.4 percent for employment, 10.8 percent for education and 15.5 percent for other reasons such as “international protection, residence without the right to work or people in the intermediate stages of a regularisation process.”

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 2, 2020 12:00