Spanish citizenship soars in Almeria

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ALMERIA is the second largest Spanish province for new Spanish citizens according to statistics released by Spain’s National Statistics Institute.

The institute’s data for 2016, the latest recorded period, reveals that 2,154 people acquired Spanish nationality in Almeria, representing a significant increase on 2015 when the number was 1,487.

Only 61 people came from European Union countries, and 1,160 people came from Africa with most from Morocco. Of all new citizens, most were male aged between 30 and 39 years.

Across Spain, a total of 150,944 foreign residents acquired Spanish citizenship in 2016, a 32.0 percent increase on 2015. The most common countries of origin were Morocco, Bolivia and Ecuador.