The number of Italian workers in Spain soars

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ON THE RISE: Italian workers in Spain increase Credit: Shutterstock


A RECENT report compiled by data from the Ministry of Labour has revealed that the number of workers with Italian nationality has increased by 71 per cent over the past 10 years.

The study, taking data from 2008, has indicated that more than 46,000 Italian workers have come across to Spain, with the majority of them concentrated around the Valencian Community, Catalonia, Madrid and the Canary Islands.

The recent increase in Italian nationals is also said to be bolstered by the number of Argentinian and Uruguayan coming across with dual citizenships.

Romanian workers still hold the majority of foreign labour in the country, with a total of 100,000 registered in Spain. Moroccan immigrants take second spot whilst Chinese workers are third in the statistics.

British citizens in Spain appear well down on the table, with information supplied by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) suggesting that the nature of British emigration is classed as free circulation, meaning that the general behaviour is that of relocating to coastal areas for retirement. The study showed that only one in four British citizens arrive in Spain to work.

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