Magazine article European Social Policy

Labour Force : Foreign Workers Account for 7% of Overall Employment

Magazine article European Social Policy

Labour Force : Foreign Workers Account for 7% of Overall Employment

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In 2012, 15.2 million foreign citizens worked in the EU27, accounting for 7% of total employment. Among these foreign citizens, 6.6 million were citizens of another EU member state and 8.6 million were citizens of a country outside the EU, according to a 2012 Labour Force survey, released by Eurostat, on 7 June(1).

In the EU27, the employment rate for citizens of another EU member state (67.7%) was slightly higher than for nationals (64.6%) and significantly higher than for citizens of a country outside the EU (53.7%).

The employment rate for citizens of another EU member state ranged from 53.2% in Malta to 80.2% in Slovenia, while for nationals it varied from 51.5% in Greece to 75.8% in the Netherlands, and for citizens of a country outside the EU from 36.2% in Belgium to 73.4% in Cyprus.

As regards unemployment, the jobless rate for citizens of another EU member state (12.5%) was higher than for nationals (9. …

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