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Europe – Foreign workers account for 7% of overall employment

07 June 2013

Eurostat, the European Union’s (EU) statistics office, today released new job data on foreign workers in the region who accounted for 7% of total employment in the EU in 2012. Last year, 15.2 million foreign citizens worked in the EU, 6.6 million were EU citizens and 8.6 million were non-EU nationals.

This information comes from a publication issued by Eurostat, based on the 2012 results of the European Labour Force Survey. The survey contains data on employment and unemployment, and other labour market indicators.

It found that the employment rate for citizens of another EU state ranged from 53.2% in Malta to 80.2% in Slovenia. For nationals of that country it varied from 51.5% in Greece to 75.8% in the Netherlands. Meanwhile for non-EU citizens, this rate ranged from 36.2% in Belgium to 73.4% in Cyprus.

Eurostat also said that the unemployment rate for citizens of another EU state varied greatly from 5.5% in the Netherlands to 30.6% in Spain. For nationals it ranged from 3.3% in Luxembourg to 23.4% in Greece, while for non-EU nationals rates vary from 5.1% in the Czech Republic to 38.6% in Spain.


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