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Serbians lead in new residence permits

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Serbians lead in new residence permits
Residence card for Austria. Photo: APA (Archiv/BMI)
11:25 CEST+02:00
According to a Eurostats report issued on Wednesday, Austria has granted the most residence permits to citizens from Serbia, followed by Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the calendar year 2013, a total of 34,308 residence permits were granted to non-EU citizens by Austria, with 4,120 going to Serbians, closely followed by Turkey with 4,036.  

In third place was Bosnia and Herzegovina, with 3,603 of their citizens being granted residence in Austria.

Within the EU as a whole, 2,357,583 people were granted residence, an increase of 12.5 percent over 2012.  The top beneficiary last year was Ukraine, with 236,691 of its citizens resettling in Europe.

The EU country which accepted the greatest number of new residents was the UK, who accounted for 724,248 of all new migrants into the EU.

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