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Germany is still the top favorite country for highly-skilled migrants ever since the introduction of the EU Blue Card in 2012. Recent statistics released by Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) shows that Germany has issued 85% of the total number of Blue Cards granted by the EU countries since 2012.

In a comparison of all EU countries, Germany is the leader in the issuing of the EU Blue Card. In 2017, 84.5 percent of all EU-issued Blue Cards EU were issued by Germany. It was followed by France (4.3 percent), Luxembourg (2.8 percent), Poland (1.9 percent) and Italy (1.2 percent),” the report by BAMF says.

Top Countries Issuing The Most EU Blue Cards

In total, Germany has issued 104,000 Blue Cards since the introduction of the program six years ago.

Only in 2018, a total of 27,241 Blue Cards for Germany were issued to non-EU workers with a university degree, or 25.4% more than the previous year. Some 42.3% of those who received the cards in 2018 had never been to Germany. Another 57.8% extended their existing status.

According to BAMF, 51,130 people residing in Germany on December 31, 2018 had a Blue Card, with 55% of them also having a permanent residency status.

The Number of EU Blue Cards Issued in Germany

The number of Blue Cards issued by Germany through the five last years:

  • In 2018, 27,241 persons received a Germany EU Blue Card.
  • In 2017, 21,727 EU Blue Cards were issued in Germany.
  • In 2016, 17,362 Cards were issued by Germany.
  • Another 14,468 cards were issued in 2015.
  • A total of 11,848 EU Blue Cards were issued in 2014.

The top five nationalities receiving EU Blue Cards in 2018 are as follows: Indians make up 27.7% of Germany Blue Card holders while Chinese nationals make up another 8%. Next in the list are nationals of the Russian Federation with 5.9%, Turkey with 4.8% and Brazil with 3.7%.

Top five nationalities receiving EU Blue Cards in 2018