Statistics show increase is more than 15 times that of the EU
The iGaming industry is flourishing, with the island witnessing healthy growth in this sphere. Its success story has almost certainly fuelled Malta’s burgeoning population.
Statistics published by Eurostat have revealed an increase in the Maltese population, which is more than 15 times that of the EU. To put it bluntly – that is almost 16,000 more people putting down roots in Malta in one year. The Maltese population now stands at a record 475, 700.
This trend was also evident in statistics from 2017, which showed that the population increased in 19 EU member states and decreased in nine – the largest relative increase was displayed by Malta, with the population of the EU increasing by 1.1 million people.
According to the Eurostat, there were more deaths than births, with the 1.1 million growth coming from migration. Without migration, they claim, the population would have decreased significantly. For Malta, this is certainly true, with the influx of foreign workers pouring into our island estimated to be a whopping 43,000, a number which is only set to grow over the coming years.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has spoken out about the islands' need to sustain its booming economy by welcoming more foreign workers. The Maltese cabinet has sought to pre-empt the labour shortage when they backed a plan of action to bring over more talent last month, with drafted bilateral agreements to bring in workers already in place with non- EU countries such as Serbia and Montenegro.
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