Romanians remain most numerous foreigners in Madrid Community

More than 200,000 Romanians, who are currently living legally in the Madrid Community, continue to represent the most numerous foreigners in the region, although new arrivals are not so many, it was said in the Report on the foreign-born population from June 1, 2009, presented on Wednesday, September 2, by the Counselor on Immigration and Development with the Regional Executive in Madrid Javier Fernandez Lasquetty.

Although the number of Romanians who are legally registered in the Madrid Community increased by 1.6 percent against the figure on January 1, 2009, up to 209,085 people, the foreign communities recording the most significant growth in the region in the latest interval are the Chinese and Paraguayan.

With regards to the other foreign communities in the regions, Romanians are followed in number by people coming from Ecuador – more than 133,000 – and Morocco – more than 91,000 people.

Referring to the situation of the Romanians in Madrid, counselor Lasquetty said that ‘what we did notice – besides the official data – is that there exists a number of Romanian citizens who come and go, who spend here a few months, working, return to Romania, work there too, and come back again, just to leave some time later – which is not unnatural for European citizens, in fact, who have the right to keep moving in the EU.

The counselor from Madrid also specified that a frequent situation in the Community of Madrid is that of the Romanian families who are settled here, but with ‘women staying to work in Spain, together with their children, who are at school, while the men spend here a few months, leave, coming back, depending on what they find to work.’

The Report showed there are currently 1,113,551 foreigners living in Madrid, accounting for 17.13 of the total population, with 4,631 new immigrants having been recorded since the previous Report.

The report was made by the Observer for immigration – the Centre for Studies and Data of the Department for Immigration and Cooperation, based on information collected in 179 localities in the Madrid area.


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