Nearly 6.5 million people under the age of 18 did not have the citizenship of the EU member states in which they were living, on January 1, 2020, representing 8 per cent of the total number of children in EU countries, according to data provided by the statistics provider. European, Eurostat.
According to Eurostat, the following EU countries had the largest number of non-citizen children:
Germany (1.7 million, or 26 percent) France (1.1 million, or 17 percent) Italy (1.0 million, or 16 percent) Spain (0.9 million, or 14 percent)
Additionally, the report shows that around 3 out of 4 children without the citizenship of their EU country of residence were residing in one of the four EU member states listed above in 2020, TheSchengen.com reports.
In relative terms, the EU member state that hosted the largest proportion of non-citizen children was Luxembourg (48 per cent of the total number of children in Luxembourg), followed by Austria (19 per cent), Malta (15 per cent), Greece ( 13 percent), Germany and Cyprus (both 12 percent),” the statement said.
At the same time, the European Union countries with the lowest number of shares were Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, Poland and Bulgaria.
Eurostat previously revealed that more than 211,000 children under the age of 15 received their first residence permits in EU countries during 2020.
Nearly 68 percent of these permits were issued for the purposes of reunification and formation, followed by 96,000 initial permits issued to children for purposes such as international protection. In turn, 4,000 were issued for education-related purposes.
The report showed that Germany topped the ranking again, with a slight increase in first residence permits issued to children from Spain, or nearly 44,000 or 31 per cent of all permits issued in 2020 for children under 15, a total of 600 more than Spain. . .
Meanwhile, Italy ranked third with a total of 31,500 permits or 23 percent of the total, followed by Sweden which ranked fourth with 20,800 permits or 15 percent of the total.
On the other hand, the following EU countries issued the lowest permits for minors under 15 years of age during 2020:
Switzerland (127) Ireland (167) France and Lithuania (179) Croatia (363)
Recently, Eurostat published another report on the most mobile countries in the European Union.
The report showed that citizens of Romania and Croatia are more mobile than citizens of the European Union, which means that they move more than others to other countries within the bloc for certain purposes.
According to Eurostat, approximately one-fifth or 18.6 percent of Romanian citizens of working age reside in an EU country, making them the country with the highest mobility in the EU.