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08 April 2022

How many Ukrainians have an EU residence permit?

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As the current war in Ukraine caused by the Russian invasion continues, the number of Ukrainian citizens being granted residence permits in the EU is rising. This infographic presents available data on migration from Ukraine to the EU in the period 2013 - 2020, giving some insight into the number of Ukrainians in the EU before this most recent conflict.

These statistics refer to Ukrainian nationals who either hold a valid residence permit, have acquired a first residence permit or have lodged an asylum application in the EU. The time period covered here includes the separatist conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

Source dataset: migr_resvalid, 2020.

At the end of 2020, 1.35 million Ukrainian citizens held a valid residence permit in an EU country, representing the third-largest group of third-country migrants to the EU after those from Morocco and Turkey. Among them, just over 1 million held a residence permit with a duration longer than or equal to 12 months.

The highest ratio of Ukrainian citizens with a valid residence permit at the end of 2020 was recorded in Czechia (15 Ukrainian residence permit holders per 1000 inhabitants), followed by Poland (13), Lithuania (11) and Estonia (10). The lowest ratios were recorded in Romania (0.1), (0.2), the Netherlands and Ireland (both 0.4). 

Click here for more statistics and information on Ukrainian citizens in the EU.

Click here for an overview of measures and initiatives EU institutions, national governments, civil society and other stakeholders have taken to address the early integration needs of newcomers from Ukraine since 24 February.

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