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Romanians top list of foreign workers in Spain 

The average number of foreign workers registered with the Spanish Social Security system stood at 1,837,901 in December.

A month-on-month increase of 0.08% was posted, equivalent to 1,403 fewer workers. The year-on-year rate of foreign workers rose by 7.36%, 126,043 more workers than in June 2016.

The highest figures for foreign workers contributing to the Social Security system correspond to Romania (324,271), Morocco (233,924), China (101,535), Italy (97,011) and Ecuador (69,260). These countries are followed by the United Kingdom (62,321), Bulgaria (56,444), Colombia (55,383) and Bolivia (48,955).

In month-on-month terms, the highest increases in foreign workers registered with the Spanish Social Security system were posted in Andalusia (up 4.67%), Castile-La Mancha (up 1.5%) and La Rioja (up 1%). In contrast, Extremadura (down 9.91%), the Balearic Islands (down 5.59%), Navarre (down 1.78%) and Cantabria (down 1.57%) reflect the largest decreases.

The figures posted for December show that 1,072,554 of the total foreign citizens registered with the Spanish Social Security system are from countries outside of the European Union, while the remaining 765,346 are from EU countries.

The majority of foreign citizens are registered under the General Regime: 1,533,825 in total, a figure that includes the Special System for Agricultural Workers (218,126) and the Special System for Domestic Workers (180,791). This is followed by the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (300,303), the Special Regime for Seamen (3,637) and the Special Regime for Coal Workers (135).

Of the total foreign citizens in the system in December, 1,035,292 are men and 802,608 are women.