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Spain's population up 2 percent to 46 million

Spain's population up 2 percent to 46 million

Spain says increased immigration has pushed the country's population up by nearly 1 million to 46.1 million.
The government statistics agency said on its Web site Tuesday the population on Jan. 1, 2008 was up by 957,085 _ or 2.1 percent _ compared to the previous year.
The number of foreigners has risen by 700,000 in the same period for a total of 5.2 million, or 11 percent of the population.
Foreigners constitute the bulk of Spain's population increases in recent years. In 2000, the population was 40 million with foreigners numbering less than 1 million.
With the economy struggling, the government proposes new rules to limit immigration, including making it harder for foreign-born residents to bring relatives.


Updated : 2021-03-05 15:57 GMT+08:00