Four of the five island nations in Europe are the top four hosts for the Erasmus+ programme, according to an analysis by Explained based on the latest data from Eurostat. The data from the academic year 2019/2020 shows that Malta, Iceland, Cyprus and Ireland hosted the most students and staff per capita through the European Union’s programme.
Erasmus+, a flagship education and training initiative, is set up to support education, training, youth, and sport in Europe. The mobility program allows students, trainees, teachers and youth workers to spend a period of time studying, training, or volunteering abroad.
Malta, a small island nation in the Mediterranean with a population of just over half a million inhabitants, hosted over 16 000 students and staff, representing 3 118 participants per 100 000 population.
Iceland, the next most popular country, hosted 3 210 participants — more than three times fewer participants per capita compared to Malta. Cyprus and Ireland hosted more than five times fewer participants per capita, respectively. The UK — the fifth island nation — hosts fewer participants per capita following Brexit.
With more than 100 thousand participants, Spain hosted the highest number of people, followed by Italy and Germany.
|Host country||Total participants||Participants per 100 000|
|United Kingdom||60 139||90|
|Malta||16 070||3 118|
|North Macedonia||1 973||95|
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