Foreigners outnumber Spanish citizens in 15 towns in the Valencian Region
According the National Institute for Statistics (INE) there are now 15 Valencian towns where foreigners outnumber Spanish residents. All of the towns are in the province of Alicante, mainly in and around the areas la Vega Baja and Marina Alta. In San Fulgencio 73.9% of those who took part in the censor were foreigners and in the same district Rojales was found to have the second largest foreign population (69.4%). Following these two towns there were a handful of small towns such as Benitatxell, Llíber (63.7%), Teulada (61.9%), San Miguel (60.1%), Els Poblets (60.1%) and Calp ronda (59.7 %) whose foreign population outnumbered Spanish citizens. Foreigners living here were either EU pensioners in search of sunshine or young people from Eastern Europe, North Africa or Latin America in search of work.
Just a few years ago Benitatxell was the only place where foreigners outnumbered the locals.
The European Office for Statistics (Eurostat) calculates that by 2030 the Communidad Valenciana will have a million more inhabitants due to the growing number of foreign residents coming to this area of Spain, an increase of 7.3% of the total population.
Immigration into the area has continued non stop ever since it began decades ago.
Foreigners who have made their home in the Communidad Valenciana are a mix of nationalities consisting of Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa and EU countries.
In Algorfa, Alcalalí, Benifójar, L’Alfàs del Pi, Xàbia, Hondón de los Frailes and Torrevieja the proportion of locals made up approximately 50.3% and 57.4% of the population.
According to statistics from the INE the Communidad Valenciana has the second largest immigrant population in Spain consisting of 13.
9% of the total population. The Balearic Islands is the first with 16.8% of the population made up of foreign residents.
The Valencianan regional government has warned of lack of resources to cope with its growing immigrant population. It has warned that the civil register could collapse under the significant increase in the number of marriage applications and application for foreign residence permits.