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Spanish Immigration by Country

Name the countries that are the sources of the greatest number of foreign-born people living in Spain.
As of 2021. Source.
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: October 4, 2023
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First submittedFebruary 7, 2013
Times taken46,420
Average score75.0%
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Population
Country
935,089
Morocco
556,204
Romania
514,110
Colombia
416,527
Ecuador
413,662
Venezuela
302,406
Argentina
268,957
United Kingdom
Population
Country
244,827
Peru
210,529
France
208,788
China
186,395
Dominican Republic
178,829
Bolivia
167,388
Germany
164,853
Cuba
Population
Country
156,499
Brazil
143,151
Italy
133,297
Honduras
116,155
Ukraine
113,194
Bulgaria
107,354
Paraguay
60 Comments
+4
Level 76
Jun 29, 2016
Nice quiz, I got 16/20
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Level 62
Jul 9, 2018
Ooo I gotta get to quizzes early more often. Love getting 5/5 even when I miss one.
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Level 75
Jul 9, 2018
When Mexico wasn't there, I almost skipped the rest of Latin America. Good thing I didn't.
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Level 82
Jul 23, 2018
Ditto.
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Level 87
Jul 9, 2018
If the results were a bit more recent, I'd bet that Venezuela would be on there now
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Level 23
Nov 2, 2023
now it is
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Level 57
Jul 10, 2018
Why does the first country have so many immigrants to Spain?
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Level 70
Jul 10, 2018
As EU citizens, they can enter without visa restrictions, and theirs is a Romance language, so Spanish would be easy for them to learn.
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Level 82
Jul 10, 2018
this and Romania's economy is in the toilet, wages are very low, Spain might not have a strong economy but it's a step up from where they're coming from.
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Level 58
Jul 10, 2018
I think many germans, britons, etc. living in Spain might be old people, enjoying their retirement there.
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Level 69
Oct 5, 2023
That is 100% true. Spain is Germany's retirement home
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Level 69
Jul 14, 2018
Romani too maybe?
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Level 83
Jul 15, 2018
but not born there ...
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Level 82
Jul 23, 2018
They're from India... a thousand years ago. Don't think this is based on where people's ancestors were a millennium ago.
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Level 22
Mar 1, 2022
Because since the stretch between the tip of Andalusia and Morocco is so small in perspective, many empoverished people attempt to cross the border on boats. There is a whole system of human trafficking where people will travel to Morocco and pay to be smuggled into the country in hope for a better living.
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Level 60
Nov 8, 2023
I think Romania was first when this was posted.
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Level 90
Jul 10, 2018
Kind of surprised the Philippines aren't on the list, considering their history, eagerness to leave the country and a decent population Spanish speakers there. Although there are plenty of people in South American that speak it as a first language and willing to work for minimal wages.
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Level 83
Jul 15, 2018
They have Spanish names but speak much better English than Spanish.
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Level 74
Jul 15, 2018
Surprised that Mexico isn't on this list. Why is that?
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Level 72
Jul 18, 2018
I think it's because less than 56,282 of them have moved there! ;-)
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Level 82
Sep 6, 2018
easier just to go to the USA maybe
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Level 45
Sep 6, 2018
I think that's definitely why Mexico isn't on there. So many Mexicans already have family or friends in the US so why fly and try to get into Spain when your so close. I wouldn't be surprised if there were more Mexicans in Canada then in Spain.
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Level 72
Sep 24, 2021
Im in Canada, and the amount of Mexicans I have been noticing recently is crazy. You used to hear Spanish being spoken in public maybe once every couple of weeks, but nowadays you hear it pretty much everyday
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Level 58
Nov 7, 2023
And how do you know they're mexicans? There are a lot of countries where their population speaks spanish.
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Level 35
Sep 6, 2018
Woops, forgot about Peru's existence, got the rest though.
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Level 73
Sep 6, 2018
Got 19/20 by guessing Arab countries in the south, all of Latin America and some random European Countries. Given that logical train of thoight, China didn't even cross my mind.
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Level 44
Feb 27, 2022
there is literally only one arab country
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Level 70
Oct 4, 2023
The data likely changed since this comment was posted.
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Level 68
Sep 6, 2018
Got all but China.
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Level 77
Sep 6, 2018
Dangit, went through all of South America and still somehow forgot Ecuador AND Peru.
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Level 57
Sep 6, 2018
I once had my necklace stolen by Romanian immigrants when I was in Spain. I should've thought of that....
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Level 71
Sep 6, 2018
Very surprised that Romania is the top country for immigration to Spain. Also surprised that Mexico was not on this list.
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Level 45
Sep 18, 2018
Got 19/20 ! Just forgot Bolivia. It's always among the ones I forget when going through south american countries...
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Level 31
May 1, 2019
I forgot if Dominican Republic exist...
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Level 82
Jul 23, 2019
it does
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Level 58
Feb 28, 2022
Thanks for clearing things up.
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Level 72
May 25, 2020
Yeah, but only half of a Caribbean island contributing so much to Spain's immigration total?
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Level 82
Feb 27, 2022
one pretty large and very densely populated island. Dominican Republic has a bigger population than Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Uruguay, or Paraguay. It's almost equal with Bolivia and Cuba.
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Level 78
Mar 1, 2021
I tried EVERY single country in South America except for BRAZIL!!
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Level 78
Oct 5, 2023
I want to KICQUE myself for forgetting Ukraine this time!
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Level 78
Nov 7, 2023
Forgot only Brazil this time!
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Level 72
Apr 9, 2021
This quiz needs and update. There is 2020 data available.
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Level 70
Dec 8, 2021
Didn't get Brazil as it's the first country I thought of and I went "Nah, it's big but they speak Portuguese, don't fall for that trap". Somehow the next one I entered was in fact Portugal. Human reasoning is weird.
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Level 72
Feb 16, 2022
Chinese and Pakistanis are almost everywhere.
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Level 73
Feb 25, 2022
Indians as well, but not in Spain. Interesting! 🤔
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Level 39
May 27, 2023
I'm baffled to how Pakistan is above India in this type of list. It's almost always the other around. Very strange 🤔
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Level 82
Feb 27, 2022
There are very few Pakistanis at the South Pole.
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Level 74
Jan 30, 2023
we have an antarctic research station there though
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Level 81
Oct 4, 2023
Antarctica, yes, absolutely. South Pole... not so much.
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Level 71
Feb 22, 2022
Kind of surprised about Brazil being on here
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Level 72
May 4, 2023
Brazil has a high population, closely tied history, similar language, and sub-optimal economy. Plenty of incentives to move.
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Level 67
Feb 27, 2022
Didn't expect to see my country Pakistan on here
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Level 76
May 30, 2023
There are thousands of Pakistanis living in the Barcelona area actually. In fact, almost every convenience store in the city is owned by Pakistani people, and we usually call those stores simply "el paqui", meaning "the Pakistani". Funnily enough, in Madrid they call that same type of shop "el chino", since they are most commonly runned by Chinese people.
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Level 41
Oct 1, 2022
At first I thought it was the other way around and got so confused lmao
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Level 81
Oct 4, 2023
How in the world is Portugal not on here?
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Level 68
Oct 10, 2023
Why would Portuguese people move to a country that has similar problems to Portugal?

There's also the fact that there are a lot of established Portuguese communities in countries like France, Switzerland and Belgium so I imagine people follow the trend,

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Level 67
Oct 5, 2023
Got 19/20. All the unlikely ones.........but forgot Argentina. (facepalm). (sigh).
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Level 57
Nov 8, 2023
Completely forgot that France existed!
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Level 68
Jan 13, 2024
A million moroccans. Spain is doomed. And so is Europe.

But sure, let's keep our borders open, why not?

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Level 76
Mar 6, 2024
Yes, Europe is doomed, because of...what exactly?