Eight out of ten foreigners now from outside EU

20th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2005, MADRID — Eight out of ten foreigners who came to live in Spain last month were from countries outside the European Union.

20 September 2005

MADRID —  Eight out of ten foreigners who came to live in Spain last month were from countries outside the European Union.

Latest figures from the ministry of work and social affairs found that 1.6 million foreigners registered to pay social security n August.

Of these, 1.3 million come from countries outside the 'EU 25' or the 25 countries which make up the present European Union.

The largest number  - or four out of ten – were from Morocco and Ecuador.

There were 143,576 Romanians, who made up the third biggest group by nationality. They have overtaken the Colombians in number.

Other countries outside the EU with sizeable populations included Peru, Argentina, China, Bulgaria, Bolivia and the Ukraine.

From the EU, the British made up the largest group, with 52,705 new arrivals registering with the authorities last month.

After them came the Portuguese (52,320) then Italians (47,029), followed by the Germans, French and Poles.

Altogether 655,806 more women and 978,105 men registered – a rise of 2.7 percent compared with July.

One in four new arrivals worked in the building sector. Other main sectors of employment were hotel work, property, commerce and manufacturing.

Catalonia and Madrid were the most popular places for people to come to live, according to the latest figures.

More than 370,000 foreigners registered in Catalonia (22.6 percent of the total) while 349,000 came to live in the capital or 21.9 percent.

Other areas, in order of popularity, were Valencia, Andalusia, the Canary Islands, Murcia, the Balearic Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, Aragón, Castilla y León and the Basque Country.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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