Malta has one of the highest proportional expat populations in the EU, according to new figures from the EU’s statistics agency, Eurostat.
According to Eurostat’s figures, there are over 67,000 non-Maltese people living in Malta. 38,563 of the expats who live in Malta are from other EU member states, while 28,582 are from non-EU member states.
This means that foreigners comprise over 14 per cent of Malta’s population.
Expats have been responsible for a significant proportion of Malta’s population growth, as the country becomes increasingly reliant on foreign workers to sustain its economy.
In an interview with the Sunday Times earlier this year, JobsPlus CEO Clyde Caruana said that Malta would be hamstrung without foreign workers, adding that 45 per cent of employers in Malta nowadays have at least one non-Maltese worker.
In relative terms, the EU member state with the highest share of non-nationals was Luxembourg, as non-nationals accounted for 48 per cent of its total population.
A high proportion of foreign citizens – 10 per cent or more of the resident population – was also observed in Cyprus, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Belgium, Ireland and Germany.
In contrast, non-nationals represented less than 1 per cent of the population in Poland, Romania and Lithuania.