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Immigration reduction in Barcelona, but improvement in its perception

Immigration reduction in Barcelona, but improvement in its perception

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The Statistical Report "Foreign Population in Barcelona", based on the census of the 1st of January 2013, of the Department of Statistics of Barcelona City Council, shows that 17.4% of the population living in the city is foreign population. This represents a reduction of 2.131 residents, 0.8% less compared to the previous year.

Despite the halt in foreign population in absolute figures, there are inward and outward minority migratory movements that progressively can make the composition of residents vary depending on nationalities, but do not reduce the proportion. Therefore, we could be at the beginning of a new cycle where Barcelona concentrates high inward and outward mobility. On the one hand, it maintains the attractiveness of foreign population and, on the other, those people that decide to go back to their origin countries leave in order to face the economic situation the best way.

Asian communities cover 22% of the total of foreign population. Regarding nationalities, Pakistan is in the second position with 21.637 followed by China with 16.128, whereas the Philippine community is in the 10th position with a total of 8.724 people. In addition, Kazakhstan, Iran and Syria are the countries that proportionally have grown the most.

The Commissioner of Immigration and Comunity Action of Barcelona City Council, Miquel Esteve, has highlighted that the figures confirm the process of stabilization of the migratory phenomenon in the city, at the same time it shows that the process of rooting of foreign people that already live here is being done successfully. "Despite the crisis, Barcelona is still attractive for many people, especially for those coming from Europe, because it is still a pleasant and welcoming city", Esteban concluded. The perception of immigration as a problem appears at an all-time low in the last survey of Ómnibus in Barcelona 2012, with 2.3% of the population.

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