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Spain Witnesses 20% Surge in Residence Permits Granted to Hondurans in 2023


Residence authorization for Hondurans in Spain saw a 20 per cent increase, reaching 57,770 in 2023, as revealed data by the Spanish Ministry of Migration.

Data show that the increase has now placed Hondurans amongst the top nationalities, experiencing one of the highest percentage growth rates among authorised foreigners living in Spain, SchengenVisaInfo reports.

This means that the total number of Hondurans holding Spanish residence permits has now reached 156,969.

Despite the rise, it is important to note that possessing valid residence documentation does not guarantee that an individual is actually in Spain. There may be cases where individuals have left but still maintain their residence permit.

Colombians Top List of Foreigners with Biggest Increase in Residence Permits in Spain

Colombians saw the most significant percentage growth among foreigners holding residence permits in Spain in 2023, marking a 33 per cent increase compared to the previous year, totalling 156,266 permits, according to the Ministry of Migration.

More specifically, foreign nationals that saw the highest percentage increase in residence permits are as follows:

  • Colombia (33 per cent)
  • Peru (27 per cent)
  • Venezuela (25 per cent)
  • Russia (23 per cent)
  • Honduras (20 per cent)

On the other hand, Ecuador had 115,814 residence authorizations, showing no change from the previous year. Meanwhile, Bolivia had 56,410, reflecting a four per cent decrease compared to the previous period.

Africa is the main region of nationality for foreigners under the general regime with valid long-term residence permit, with a representation of 48 per cent, followed by Central and South America with a percentage of 22 per cent.

Spanish Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations

Overall, there are over 2.9 million valid residence permits for non-EU foreigners, while the number of documents issued to Europeans, their relatives’ cards, and the British (with post-Brexit documents) is 3,889,868.

Nationalities of Foreign Residents Living in Spain in 2023

Meanwhile, according to Statista data, Hondurans emerged tenth among the most representative foreign nationalities residing in Spain last year. More specifically, in 2023, Spain recorded 156,969 Honduran residents.

Overall, the foreign nationalities with the highest number of people living in Spain last year, were as follows:

  1. Morocco (893,953)
  2. Romania (629,755)
  3. Columbia (453,911)
  4. Italy (301,791)
  5. The United Kingdom (284,037)
  6. Venezuela (278,159)
  7. China (219,929)
  8. Ukraine (193,238)
  9. Peru (172,045)
  10. Honduras (156,969)

According to the same source, after years of losing its foreign population, Spain saw a surge in immigration figures beginning in 2015, with the influx of individuals to the Mediterranean nation surpassing the number of foreigners deciding to depart.

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