Rabat – Moroccans are the first foreign community in Spain, with a total of 769,050 people according to statistics by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
The statement, published on Tuesday by INE, shows an increase of 19,380 Moroccans living in Spain in 2017 alone.
Romanians trail Moroccans, ranked second with 673,017 people, followed by British residents with 240,934 people.
The statistics show that 4,719,418 immigrants lived in Spain on January 1, 2018, up 3.2 percent (146,611 persons) compared to the same period in 2017.
Foreigners represent 10.1 percent of the total population of Spain, which totaled 46,698,569 residents.
The total number of inhabitants in the country increased by 126,437 in 2017, an increase of 0.3 percent compared to 2016.
Moroccans were the second foreign community in Spain in 2016, with a total of 668,852 nationals registered up to July 1.