Number of legalised foreigners on the rise

31st July 2007, Comments 0 comments

31 July 2007, MADRID – More than 200, 000 foreigners obtained legal residence in Spain during the first quarter of this year, for a 7.11 percent increase over the number registered at the end of 2006, the Labour Ministry announced on Tuesday.

31 July 2007

MADRID – More than 200, 000 foreigners obtained legal residence in Spain during the first quarter of this year, for a 7.11 percent increase over the number registered at the end of 2006, the Labour Ministry announced on Tuesday.

According to the latest data from the ministry, there are now more than 3.2 million legal foreigners in the country with Moroccans (575,460) the largest group by nationality, followed by Ecuadorians (394,040), Romanians (264,928), Colombians (237,468) and Britons (179,202).

Next on the list are Chinese, Italians, Peruvians, Argentines, Germans, Portuguese and Bulgarians.

Grouped by continent, Latin Americans are the most numerous at 35 percent of the total. In second place are European Community citizens (31.5 percent), followed by Africans (23.20 percent), Asians (6.47 per cent), non-EC citizens (3.22 percent) and North Americans (0.57 per cent).

Around 75 per cent of legal foreigners reside in the regions of Catalonia, Madrid, Valencia, Andalusia, the Canary Islands and Murcia, according to the ministry figures.

(Copyright EFE with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish News

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