The foreign population falls by 304,623 people, almost doublé on the previous year
The continuous output of foreigners has led to a reduction in the Spanish population for the third consecutive year , down from 170,392 people in 2014 , leaving the final figure 46.6 million people enrolled in the municipal registers .
So , over 304,623 foreigners last year ( 6.1% of the total) chose to leave Spain , almost double of that in 2013 , when the foreign population registered in Spain fell by 190,020 people. In addition , 134,231 Spaniards ( 0.3% ) decided to return , as reflected in the continuous register data released today by the National Statistics Institute ( INE) .
Since 1998, the first year for which official data was collected , the Spanish population had steadily increased , an increase was registered from 2000 due to the arrival of foreigners , whose numbers rose by 923,879 this year and resulted in 5.75 million in 2010, the year after which this group began to leave Spain as a result of the economic crisis.
As of the 1st January this year registration onto the municipal registers has continued. Bringing together all the registers 46.600.949 inhabitants have registered, of which 41.882.085 have Spanish nationality and 4.718.864 from overseas (10.1% of those registered).
In cases of foreigners that come from the EU they have decreased by 114,304 in one year to 1,94 million and those from outside the EU by 190.319 persons, to 2,77 millon.
Between those citizens from europe, 751.208 are from Romania, followed by 282.120 British y 179.129 Italians.