Expats prefer to marry Spaniards than foreigners

27th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 February 2006, MADRID — Expats prefer to marry Spaniards than other foreigners, a new study has shown.

27 February 2006

MADRID — Expats prefer to marry Spaniards than other foreigners, a new study has shown.

Sixty-three percent of the 173,038 foreigners who tied the knot between 1996 and 2004 did so with Spaniards.

Experts claim that these 'mixed marriages' show Spain's capacity to integrate its fast-rising number of immigrants.

The figures were from a report from the National Statistics Institute (INE).

Juan Díez Nicolás, a sociologist from Madrid's Complutense University, said: "This supports other reports which suggest that Spain, along with Sweden, is one of the least xenophobic countries in the world."

Dan Rodriguez, of the Autonomous University of Barcelona who has carried out studies about marriage and integration, said: "It would be impossible to find this level of integration in countries like Britain and Canada."

But the report also says the high number of marriages also included an unknown number of 'marriages of convenience' carried out so an immigrant can stay in Spain.

Mafias offer these weddings to immigrants for about EUR 10,000 a time.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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