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Foreign workers in Spain still more than in 2016 

The average number of foreign citizens registered with the Spanish Social Security system stood at 1,870,397 in July.

A month-on-month decline of 0.27% was posted, equivalent to 5,016 fewer workers. The year-on-year rate of foreign workers rose by 7.06%, equivalent to 123,283 more people in work than in the same month of 2016.

The highest figures for foreign workers contributing to our Social Security system correspond to Romania (329,975), Morocco (225,351), Italy (103,022), China (99,912) and Ecuador (72,358). These countries are followed by the United Kingdom (61,806), Colombia (58,619), Bulgaria (58,505), and Bolivia (51,276).

In month-on-month terms, the number of foreign National Insurance contributors rose in all the autonomous regions and cities, except Andalusia (down 8.56%), Extremadura (down 8.54%), La Rioja (down 5.58%), the Region of Murcia (down 4.83%), Aragon (down 2.25%), Castile La Mancha (down 0.7%), Ceuta (down 0.37%) and Melilla (0.26%).

The figures posted for July show that 1,083,709 of the total foreign citizens registered with the Spanish Social Security system are from countries outside of the European Union, while the remaining 786,688 are from EU countries.

The majority of foreign citizens are registered under the General Regime: 1,567,067 in total, a figure that includes the Special System for Agricultural Workers (195,043) and the Special System for Domestic Workers (184,779). This is followed by the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (298,184), the Special Regime for Seamen (4,995) and the Special Regime for Coal Workers (150).

Of the total foreign citizens in the system in July, 1,040,424 are men and 829,973 are women.