Two migrant workers in Italy during a protest in Rome | Photo:ARCHIVE/ANSA/ANGELO CARCONI
Two migrant workers in Italy during a protest in Rome | Photo:ARCHIVE/ANSA/ANGELO CARCONI

Eurostat has said that non-EU citizens residing in the bloc had an employment rate of 57.2%, lower than that of national citizens and EU nationals.

In 2020, the employment rate for the population between the ages of 20 and 64 living in the EU was at an overall level lower for non-EU citizens (57.2%) than citizens of the countries themselves (73.3%) and those of other EU states (73%), according to Eurostat.

The figures were included in 2020 data on integration and the labor market at a regional level.

Regional employment rate for non-EU citizens

Eurostat said in a statement issued last week that among the EU regions with reliable data available, the highest employment rate was for non-EU citizens was 94.7%, seen in the Czech region of central Moravia.

The next highest employment rates for non-EU nationals -- of at least 85% -- were seen again in the Czech Republic: in the southwest and northwest regions, of central Bohemia, of the northeast, and the southeast.

At the opposite end were 34 regions in which fewer than half non-EU nationals were employed. Among them, seven were in regions with employment rates of under 40% and the French overseas region Guyana, as well as Belgian regions in the Hainaut province and the Lieges province, where the rate was under 30%.

As concerns Italy, Sardinia has the highest employment rate for non-EU migrants at 79%. Following are Lazio (65%) ,Veneto, and Toscana (both 63%).The worst were Molise (42%), Basilicata (48%) , and Calabria (50%).

With 60% overall, Italy is nonetheless above the EU average of 57.2%.

Data on citizens of other EU states

Eurostat reports that the highest employment rate for citizens of other EU member states was seen in the German region of Meclemburg- western Vorpommern (95.6%).Another 13 regions seen a rate over 85% including the Czech republic (Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Prague, Central Bohemia), three in Germany (Lower Bavaria -- 2019 figures, Oberfranken -- 2019 figures,Hamburg), and one each in the Nethrelands (Flevoland), Portugal (Central), Malta (one region), Danimarca (Zealand) and Sweden (Stockholm).

At the opposite end, eight regions saw employment rates for citizens of other EU member states of less than 50%: Sardinia, Sicily, Puglia, Campania, Basilicata, and Calabria in Italia, and the northern and central parts of Greece.


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