European Migration Network


Residence permits in Poland after the first quarter of 2020

As per the information provided by the Office for Foreigners in the first quarter of the year, the number of foreigners holding valid residence permits in Poland increased by almost 18 thousand people. At the beginning of April, such documents were held by nearly 441 thousand foreigners. The group of Ukrainian citizens increased the most. However, the interest in living in Poland among Belorussians and Georgians is still not falling.

From almost 441 thousand foreigners who had valid residence permits on April 1, 2020, the largest group were Ukrainian citizens - 228.1 thousand people. Then the largest groups are the citizens of Belarus, Germany, then Russia, Vietnam, India, Italy, China, Great Britain and Georgia.

In the first quarter of this year, the largest increase among foreigners settling in Poland concerned citizens of Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia.

About 57 percent foreigners with valid residence permits in Poland are between 20 and 39 years old, almost 26% in the range of 40 - 59 years, and 13 percent under 20 years old. Nearly 61 percent are men - 267.5 thousand compared to 172.3 thousand women.

The dispersion of foreigners throughout the country remained uneven and was concentrated in voivodships with large urban centres (mostly the Mazowieckie voivodship).


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