Attacks from around the EU are challenging the Non-Habitual Residency Programme. The achievements of NHR are reflected in the numbers: between 2009 and 2012, the annual average was just one hundred applications. By 2013, requests climbed to 1,000. As of 2016, following legislative reform, registrations jumped to over 6,000 with tax breaks attaining €166,000,000, according to Ministry of Finance statistics. From 2010 through 2016, a grand total of 13,687 NHR applications were processed. 2017 is proving to be no exception, seeing exponential growth in demand. Over 80% of applicants are pensioners and the balance come from highly value added professions.