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Turks largest foreign group in EU in 2009—official October 19, 2010

Posted by Yilan in EU, European Union, Turkey.
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Turkish citizens were the largest group of non-European Union citizens living in the EU at the start of 2009, while the biggest group of EU citizens living in another member-state were from Romania, the EU statistics office said Tuesday.

In total, 31.9 million foreigners were recorded in the 27-member bloc beginning 2009, or 6.4 percent of the total EU population, said Eurostat.

The largest contingent of foreigners chose Germany as home—7.2 million people—followed by Spain with 5.7 million.

But the country with the highest percentage of foreigners was tiny Luxembourg with 44 percent, followed by Latvia (18 percent), and Cyprus and Estonia (16 percent).

That proportion fell to one percent in Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria.

Of the total number of foreigners, 11.9 million (2.4 percent) were citizens of another EU state, and 19.9 million (four percent) came from countries outside the EU—Africa (4.9 million), Asia (4 million), and the American continent (3.3 million).

Citizens of Turkey were the largest group of non-EU citizens with 2.4 million or eight percent, followed by Morocco (1.8 million or six percent), and Albania (one million or three percent).

But more than a third of foreigners in the EU bloc came from another member state.

The largest groups were from Romania, with two million or six percent of the total, followed by Poland (1.5 million or five percent) and Italy (1.3 million or four percent).

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