There are countries in Europe that receive more immigrants than others. The reasons are very diverse, but they are usually related to the quality of life, the greater ease of finding a job or the good conditions of this. Next, we introduce you to the twelve places on the Old Continent that receive the most foreigners in proportion to their number of inhabitants.
Luxembourg, at the head of the European countries that receive the most immigrants
This data may surprise you, but the first place of the European countries that receive the most immigrants is occupied by Luxembourg. In fact, almost half of its population (more than 45%) is foreign.
Many of them are attracted by the good standard of living of its inhabitants, who also receive very high salaries. And we must not forget the presence of European institutions, with officials from different EU countries.
From Luxembourg we moved to another of the countries in Europe with the most immigrants: Switzerland, where they represent 29.6% of the total population. Most come from Italy, Germany and Portugal. The reason? Finding a job opportunity that is more difficult for them to find in their place of origin.
Austria, another of the European countries that receives the most immigrants
In Austria, immigrants make up almost a fifth of the population. Specifically, 19%. To this amount is added that of those who enter through Germany illegally, a real problem for the country. For example, between January and October 2018 there were no less than 12,323 illegal entry attempts.
During the great migration crisis of 2015, in which thousands of people crossed the Mediterranean Sea to flee from war and persecution, Sweden – like Germany – was a great recipient of refugees. For this reason, the country’s foreign population increased considerably to currently represent 17.6%.
It is a country traditionally linked to emigration. But, for many years, Ireland has also been one of the great recipients of foreign population. Currently, immigrants represent almost 17% of the total population of the country. There is nothing.
Norway is not only one of the countries in Europe that receives the highest number of immigrants, but also the one that is most tolerant of them, according to a study conducted last year by Spotahome. Likewise, the population of foreigners accounts for slightly more than 15% of the total population.
Germany, a classic among the European countries that receive the most immigrants
Germany was one of the countries that was most in favor when it came to welcoming refugees, especially Syrians. And in fact, it is thought that the number of foreigners will increase in the next 40 years due to the need for workers. The reason? Compensate for the aging of its population. Today, the foreign population is close to 15%.
From Germany, a country that favors the arrival of refugees, we went to Estonia, where many of its inhabitants were not particularly enthusiastic about such arrival. And it is that by then it already had a high percentage of resident foreigners. Currently, we are talking about 14.7% of the total population.
Croatia is located in the middle of one of the main migration routes, so it is not surprising that in recent years its foreign population has increased. In fact, immigration represents 13.4% of the total.
Traditionally, the United Kingdom has been a place of reception for immigrants, both from the European Union and from abroad (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh …). Today, the immigrant population slightly exceeds 13%.
However, this situation may change if Brexit ends up succeeding. In that case, it seems that only the entry of qualified foreigners would be advocated.
Unlike other countries on the list, Latvia has a significant percentage of immigrants (13.2% of the total population) because thousands of its inhabitants moved to different parts of the European Union seeking a more prosperous future. All this since his entry into the political community.
Countries in Europe that receive the most immigrants: Spain
The twelfth place, and very on par with France, is occupied by Spain, with a figure of 13% of the population coming from other countries. Most of the immigrants are originally from Morocco, Romania and Ecuador.
The countries we have just seen are followed by others such as France, the Netherlands and Slovenia, if we look at the immigration data for the beginning of 2019.