Only 36,500 foreign citizens were living in Romania in 2012, representing 0.2 percent of the total population, the smallest proportion in an EU state after Poland. Out of these, only 7,000 come from an EU Member State, which represent under 0.1 percent of the population, as reveals a Eurostat survey released on Wednesday.
According to the Eurostat survey, in 2012 approximately 36,500 foreign citizens were living in Romania, representing 0.2 percent of the population. A more reduced proportion from this point of view was only registered in Poland, accounting for 0.1 percent, although the number of foreign citizens, 57,500, is higher than in Romania. Only in five of the EU Member States the proportion of foreign citizens is under 1 percent, namely in Poland (0.1 percent), Romania (0.2 percent), Croatia (0.5 percent), Bulgaria (0.6 percent) and Lithuania (0.7 percent).
The highest proportion of foreign citizens are registered in Luxembourg (44 percent), followed by Cyprus (20 percent), Latvia and Estonia (16 percent each).
In total, a number of 34.3 million foreign citizens were living in 2012 in the 27 EU Member States, representing 6.8 percent of the total population. Out of this total population, 13.6 million are EU citizens living in another Member State, representing 2.7 percent of the EU-27 population.
In 2012, only approximately 7,000 citizens of other EU Member States were living in Romania, a proportion of under 0.1 percent, a situation similar to only one other Member State, namely Poland.(Agenţia Naţională de Presă AGERPRES)