According to statistics gathered by economist Gorkem Celebioglu, there are 56,653 foreign workers who have a work permit in the TRNC. In comparison, the number of foreign workers in Turkey, which has a population of 80 million, is only 64,426.
Information by the provided by the Labour Office shows that 2,224 TRNC citizens lost their jobs in 2016. During the same period the number of workers from third countries increased. In 2016, 3,111 persons from Pakistan worked in the TRNC while only 217 worked in Turkey during the same period.