Spanish population growth in 2021 entirely due to immigration

Figures from Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estatística (INE) revealed that the Spanish population increased by more than 50,000 people last year, with all growth driven by immigration.

The number of Spanish citizens dropped by 21,920 people last year, while the number of foreigners increased by 72,410, leading to an increase in the total population of 50,490 to a total of 47,435,597 in the country.

The number of Spaniards in Spain remains below 42 million, while the number of foreigners living in the country is now over 5.5 million. The province of Almeria recorded the highest number of foreign residents, with 21.8 percent of the total population, The world reports.

The provinces of Girona and Alicante also have migrant populations in excess of 20 percent.

Over the first year of the Wuhan virus pandemic, Spain’s birth rate dropped by more than 5%, while the death rate increased by 18%.

The Spanish birth rate is said to be just 1.19 children per woman – down from 1.24 in 2019 and is the lowest birth rate since the 1990s. Spain does not have a replacement birth rate. 2.1 children per woman since 1980.

The figures also highlight Spain’s shifting demographics, which former Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell – now a senior EU representative – commented on in 2019, arguing that mass migration could solve Spain’s supposed problem of an aging population.

“Europe’s demographic evolution shows that unless we want to gradually transform ourselves into an aging continent, we need new blood, and it doesn’t seem that this new blood comes from our ability to procreate,” said the Socialist Workers’ Party politician.

Mass migration has been a driving force of population growth in much of Europe for years, as birth rates have declined or remained at low levels in many countries.

In 2019, mass migration accounted for nearly 90% of population growth in Belgium, for example, while in Sweden the figure was 73% that year.

The following year, Sweden saw its slowest population growth in 15 years – largely due to travel restrictions that prevented immigration to the country on the same scale as ever.

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