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Foreign population on 1 January. By nationality (continents)

Foreign population on 1 January. By nationality (continents) Catalonia. 2020 (p)
Value % over total Variation (%)
Total 1,259,013 100.0 8.6
European Union 309,066 24.5 5.1
Rest of Europe 82,044 6.5 6.1
Africa 323,908 25.7 6.3
North and Central America 111,003 8.8 14.7
South America 244,599 19.4 14.9
Asia and Oceania 188,240 15.0 8.5
Stateless 153 0.0 z
Units: Persons.
Source: Idescat, from the Continuous Register Statistic of INE.
(p) Provisional data.
(z) Category not applicable.
Foreign population on 1 January. By nationality (continents) Spain. 2020 (p)
Value % over total Variation (%)
Total 5,423,198 100.0 7.7
European Union 1,875,571 34.6 2.3
Rest of Europe 298,557 5.5 4.6
Africa 1,191,378 22.0 6.1
North and Central America 429,746 7.9 17.8
South America 1,121,764 20.7 17.2
Asia and Oceania 503,380 9.3 6.6
Stateless 2,802 0.1 z
Units: Persons.
Source: INE. Continuous Register Statistics.
(p) Provisional data.
(z) Category not applicable.

Methodological note

The source of this information is the municipal population register of the 1st of January of each year. The municipal population register is an administrative record which each town hall is required to develop, maintain and manage. Their figures stand as proof of having one's residence and household in the municipality, which can be used as proof of residence for any administrative purpose.

The municipal population register is a record of personal data regulated by the Law on Local Matters and by the Law on Data Protection. These data include: full name, sex, place and date of birth, nationality, national ID (DNI) or, for foreigners, the document that stands in for the DNI. Since 1996, the municipal population census is a record that is constantly updated from which official population figures are extracted: the ongoing municipal population census.