By Intissar Faouzi
Rabat – The Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security has published statistics on the contributions of foreign works to Spain’s social security. With 250,782 Moroccans contributing to social security in Spain, only Romanians contribute more, with 339,631 workers.
According to the statistics, published on Tuesday, Morocco is the largest community of non-EU foreign workers contributing to social security in Spain, followed by Chinese workers, with a total of 101,109 contributing.
By contributing to social security, foreign workers can benefit from free Spanish healthcare, work-related sickness or injury compensation, maternity and paternity leave, child allowance, retirement and pension.
Of all foreign workers, the ministry revealed that Italy ranks third, Ecuador fourth, the United Kingdom fifth, Bulgaria sixth, Colombia seventh, and Bolivia eighth.
The Spanish ministry added that the number of foreign workers paying into social security totaled 1,930,622, an increase of 3 percent compared to last month. The ministry gained 56,809 new foreign contributors.
At the end of April, the total number of immigrants contributing to social security reached 1,610,494 who are registered in the general social security scheme.
315,447 are registered in the autonomous regime, which represents workers in the independent sector or those who are self employed.
Moreover, 4,566 are enrolled in the maritime regime, which represents the codes and conventions of behavior agreed upon by coastal states to provide a degree of security within territorial waters and on the high seas.
Moroccans have historically immigrated to Spain for economic reasons, primarily looking for jobs in the agricultural and construction centers.