Foreigners leaving Spain decreases population to 46.6 mln

304,623 left the country to return home

21 April, 17:23

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, APRIL 21 - The Spanish population dropped in 2014 for the third consecutive year, to 46.6 million official residents.

    The 170,392-decrease was largely due to foreigners leaving the country. According to the figures release on Tuesday by the national statistics institute, some 304,623 foreign nationals gave up their Spanish residency in 2014 to go back to their countries of origin. The figure is almost double that of 2013, when foreigners residing in the country dropped by 190,020 people (6.1% of total). Last year, the number of Spaniards who decided to return was 134,231 people, a 0.3% increase on the previous year. Of the 46.6 million residents in Spain, 41.9 million have Spanish citizenship and 4.7 million are foreign nationals (10.1%). (ANSAmed).

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