Spain Travel Guide

Spain Hotels

Spain Travel Destination
Alicante, Spain
Avila, Spain
Baeza, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Bilbao, Spain
Burgos, Spain
Cadiz, Spain
Cardona, Spain
Castellon, Spain
Cordoba, Spain
Gandia, Spain
Gijon, Spain
Granada, Spain
Ibiza, Spain
Jerez, Spain
Lacoruna, Spain
Las Palmas, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Malaga, Spain
Marbella, Spain
Oviedo, Spain
Palma, Spain
Pamplona, Spain
Playa, Spain
Salamanca, Spain
San Sebastian, Spain
Santander, Spain
Santiago, Spain
Segovia, Spain
Seville, Spain
Sitges, Spain
Toledo, Spain
Torrem, Spain
Valencia, Spain

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Toledo Attractions
Valencia Attractions
Granada Attractions
Seville Attractions
San Sebastian Attractions
Balearic Attractions
Bilbao Attractions

Spain World Heritage Sites
Murcia Major Attractions
Granada Heritage Sites

Cordoba Heritage Sites

Seville Heritage Sites

Úbeda & Baeza Heritage Sites
Aragon Heritage Sites

Galicia Heritage Sites

Cantabria Heritage Sites

Asturias Heritage Sites
Ibiza Heritage Sites

Basque Country Heritage Sites

Canary Islands Heritage Sites

Toledo Heritage Sites
Castilla La Mancha Heritage Sites

Castile & Leon Heritage Sites

Catalonia Heritage Sites

Extremadura Heritage Sites
La Rioja Heritage Sites

Madrid Heritage Sites


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About Spain
Spain Geography

Spain Climate

Spain History
Prehistory and Pre-Roman Peoples

Roman Empire and the

Germanic Kingdoms

Muslim Iberia

Fall of Muslim Rule and Unification
Imperial Spain

Napoleonic Rule and Its Consequences

Spanish-American War
20th Century of Spain

21st Century of Spain

Spain Politics
Spain Constitution

Spain Government

Spain Administrative Divisions

Foreign Relations of Spain

Spain Economy
Spain Demographics

Immigration to Spain

People / Languages of Spain

Spain Religions

Spain Culture
Spain Schools

Literature of Spain

Real Academia Española

Art of Spain

Cinema in Spain
Spain Architecture

Spain Music

Cuisines in Spain

Sports in Spain

Spain Holidays


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Spain Immigration

According to the Spanish government there were 4.5 million foreign residents in Spain in 2007; independent estimates put the figure at 4.8 million people, or 11% of the total population. According to residence permit data for 2005, about 500,000 were Moroccan, another 500,000 were Ecuadorian, more than 200,000 were Romanian, and 260,000 were Colombian. Other sizeable foreign communities are British (8%), French (8%), Argentine (6%), German (6%) and Bolivian (3%). Since 2000, Spain has experienced high population growth as a result of immigration flows, despite a birth rate that is only half the replacement level. This sudden and ongoing inflow of immigrants, particularly those arriving clandestinely by sea, has caused noticeable social tension.

Within the EU, Spain has the second highest immigration rate in percentage terms after Cyprus, but by a great margin, the highest in actual numbers of immigrants. There are a number of reasons for the high level of immigration, including Spain's cultural ties with Latin America, its geographical position, the porosity of its borders, the large size of its underground economy and the strength of the agricultural and construction sectors which demand more low cost labour than can be offered by the national workforce. Another statistically significant factor is the large number of residents of EU origin typically retiring to Spain's Mediterranean coast. In fact, Spain was Europe's largest absorber of migrants from 2002 to 2007, with its immigrant population more than doubling as 2.5 million people arrived. According to the Financial Times, Spain is the most favoured destination for West Europeans considering a move from their own country and seeking jobs elsewhere in the EU.

The number of immigrants in Spain has grown up from 500,000 people in 1996 to 5.2 million in 2008 out of a total population of 46 million. In 2005 alone, a regularisation programme increased the legal immigrant population by 700,000 people. Unemployment among immigrants has risen 67% in 2007. Spain's new Plan of Voluntary Return encourages immigrants to leave Spain for three years and offers up to €25,000, but so far, only 186 Ecuadorans have signed up to return. In the program's first two months last year, just 1,400 immigrants took up the offer.

Minority Groups of Spain
Spain has a number of descendants of populations from former colonies and immigrants from several Sub-Saharan and Caribbean countries have been recently settling in Spain. There are also sizeable numbers of Asian immigrants, most of whom are of Chinese, Filipino, Middle Eastern, Pakistani and Indian origins; the population of Spaniards of Latin American descent is sizeable as well and a fast growing segment. Other growing groups are Britons, 760,000 in 2006, Germans and other immigrants from the rest of Europe. Modern Jewish community in Spain has been formed in three waves: migration from what was formerly Spanish Morocco, the flight of Jews escaping from Nazi repression, and immigration from Argentina. Spanish law allows Sephardi Jews to claim Spanish citizenship. The arrival of the Gitanos, a Roma people, began in the 16th century; estimates of the Spanish Gitano population fluctuate around 700,000.


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Spain Travel Destination
Alicante Spain - Avila Spain - Baeza Spain - Barcelona Spain - Bilbao Spain - Burgos Spain - Cadiz Spain - Cardona Spain
Castellon Spain
- Cordoba Spain - Gandia Spain - Gijon Spain - Granada Spain - Ibiza Spain - Jerez Spain
Lacoruna Spain
- Las Palmas Spain - Madrid Spain - Malaga Spain - Marbella Spain - Oviedo Spain - Palma Spain
Pamplona Spain
- Playa Spain - Salamanca Spain - San Sebastian Spain - Santander Spain - Santiago Spain - Segovia Spain
Seville Spain
- Sitges Spain - Toledo Spain - Torrem Spain - Valencia Spain

Spain Travel Informations and Spain Travel Guide
About Spain - Spain Geography - Spain Climate
Spain History - Prehistory and Pre-Roman Peoples - Roman Empire and the - Germanic Kingdoms - Muslim Iberia
Fall of Muslim Rule and Unification - Imperial Spain - Napoleonic Rule and Its Consequences
Spanish-American War - 20th Century of Spain - 21st Century of Spain
Spain Politics - Spain Constitution - Spain Government - Spain Administrative Divisions - Foreign Relations of Spain
Spain Economy - Spain Demographics - Immigration to Spain - People / Languages of Spain - Spain Religions
Spain Culture - Spain Schools - Literature of Spain - Real Academia Española - Art of Spain
Cinema in Spain - Spain Architecture - Spain Music - Cuisines in Spain - Sports in Spain - Spain Holidays

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