Spanish population grows 14.6 pct from 2001 to 2011

December 16, 2012

International

Spanish population grows 14.6 pct from 2001 to 2011

Xinhua

MADRID — The Spanish population has grown by 14.6 percent, or some 6 million, from 2001 to 46.8 million by the end of 2011 thanks to immigration, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said here on Friday.

INE said the number of foreigners residing in Spain had grown by 234 percent over the decade to about 5.2 million. The largest groups of immigrants are about 800,000 Romanians and 770,000 Moroccans. The immigrant population also helped helped lower the average age of the Spanish population.

However, in light of the country’s current economic crisis, many immigrants are returning home or moving to other countries. According to figures published by INE in July, the first six months of 2012 saw around 230,000 foreigners who had been living in Spain leave the country along with over 40,000 Spaniards.

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Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística

Census of population, developed during the last months of 2011 and early 2012, is the largest statistical operation conducted by the INE every 10 years. It provides, among other information that will be disseminated over the coming months, the population of each of the municipalities of Spain, presented today. This population reached 46,815,916 inhabitants November 1, 2011 (date of the census). In relation to the 2001 Census, grew by 5,968,545, representing an increase of 14.6%.

4,145 municipalities (more than 50% of Spain) have lost population in the last 10 years, but they only have 54 municipalities with over 10,000 inhabitants. Of these, the one that has lost population in percentage is Villablino (Leon) has seen its population declined by 18%. Among the ten municipalities of over 10,000 inhabitants who have lost more population from the 2001 census, 7 are in Asturias.

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