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Foreign residents – Brits included - make up for falling birth rate
24 December 2018 @ 17:21

NEW foreign residents moving to Spain mean the national population is rising once again – albeit slowly – despite having one of the lowest birth rates in history, according to the National Institute of Statistics.

And British nationals still make up a significant minority, even though official figures show there are now fewer of them in Spain.

For the first time in six years, the headcount rose rather than fell in the first quater of 2018 – the most recent period for which figures are available – although not quite breaking the 47 million barrier; the official total as at the end of March stood at 46,733,038, representing a year-on-year increase of 74,591, or 0.43%.

Reverse 'baby boom'

Fewer babies were born this year than in living memory – just 179,794, or an average of 1.3 per adult female of fertile age – meaning Spain is now in its third decade with a typical birth rate of fewer than 1.5 children per woman.



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