More women moving to Spain

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29 November 2004, MADRID –More women are moving to start new lives in Spain than ever, a survey has found.

29 November 2004

MADRID –More women are moving to start new lives in Spain than ever, a survey has found.

Immigration to Spain has become "feminized" in the past few years and now 45.71 percent of foreigners living here legally are women, Spain's Permanent Immigration Observatory (PIO) said.

According to data from June 30, there were 810,957 foreign women living in Spain legally, of whom 413,206 were registered with Social Security, working for others or in the service sector.

The Spanish Labour and Social Affairs Ministry highlighted the importance of women as agents of development and integration.

According to the PIO report,  the largest group of women immigrants was made up of Ibero-Americans, followed by non-European Union Europeans and Africans.

By country, the largest groups are from Morocco, Ecuador, Colombia, Britain, Germany and Peru.

Most of the foreigners living in Spain reside in Madrid, the Mediterranean coast and the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands.

By age, 13.45 percent of foreign women in Spain were under 16; 80.53 percent were between 16 and 64; and 6.02 were older than 64.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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