Spain's immigration explosion second only to US
22 March 2007, MADRID – In the past five years, Spain has become the country which receives the second highest number of immigrants after the U.S.
22 March 2007
MADRID – In the past five years, Spain has become the country which receives the second highest number of immigrants after the U.S.
A report by the BBVA Bank Foundation found half of the new arrivals came to stay in Spain and had no intention of returning home.
The average number of arrivals was 600,000 a year.
Eight out of ten new members of the population are foreigners, says the report, called the Demographics of Foreigners.
“The intensity of migration to Spain has never been so strong as in the past six years,” said Antonio Izquierdo, professor of sociology at the University of Cordoba, who wrote the report.
He said Spain, in contrary to other European countries, was not just a target of emigration but “installation”.
Latin Americans continued to make up the largest number of arrivals, with 193,000 last year.
But Eastern Europeans were the fastest rising group, with 148,000 in 2006.
The same year, there were 98,000 EU citizens, 101,295 Africans and 31,275 Asians.
There were no clear figures for North Americans.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news