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Romanians overtake Morrocans as Spain's largest immigrant community

Source: EFE - Wed 2th Mar 2011

Romanian Immigrants have now overtaken Moroccans in being the largest group within Spain's foreign-born population, according to official figures released yesterday.

The report published by the Ministry for Labour and Immigration reveals how the number of foreigners living in Spain stabilized in 2010, to stand at 4.93 million.

The study attributes this stagnation to the fact that many foreign residents have now succesfully acquired Spanish citizenship, as well as to Spain's rising unemployment rate and to government programs encouraging immigrants' voluntary return to their countries of origin.

Last year the number of Immigrants from within the EU increased, while the number of Immigrants from outside the EU declined.

There is an estimated 840,682 Romanian nationals, 757,809 Moroccans, 369,692 Ecuadorians and 222,061 Colombians now living in Spain.

As a Province, Madrid is home to the greatest number of foreigners with 17.24% of the total, followed by Barcelona with 14.82%.

Immigrants, who came to Spain during the property boom years, now make up around 10% of the country's population of roughly 47 million.

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