Number of foreign workers from the Balkans rises
The number of people from non-EU member states who hold work permits in Germany has been growing by about 20 percent for the third consecutive year, and last year, almost a quarter of them were from the Western Balkan countries.
The Federal Statistical Office of Germany (Destatis) reports that over the past year, the number of people from non-EU member states working in Germany rose by 20%.
The survey shows that the number of non-EU citizens who hold a work permit in Germany rose from 217,000 in 2017 to 266,000 in 2018. This is the third consecutive year that this number has been growing by 20%.
Most of these people come from India (12 percent), China (9 percent), Bosnia and Herzegovina (8 percent) and the United States (7 percent). Their average age is 35 and more than two thirds of them are men. Furthermore, more than 80 percent of them have a temporary work permit, and only 17 percent have a permanent work permit.
Destatis reports that almost 25% of them are from the Western Balkans, i.e. from Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2015, there were only about nine percent of them.