Foriegn worker numbers decrease in the Canaries

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Foriegn worker numbers decrease in the Canaries

Foriegn worker numbers decrease in the Canaries

The total number of foreign residents registered at the Social Security offices in the Canary Islands stood, at the end of July 2013, at 74,701 people. This is an increase of 0.96% compared to the previous month of June 2013 but a decrease of 2,561 contributors (-3.3%) compared with the month of July last year (2012) according to data released by the Ministry of Employment.

The statement shows that the of the total foreign Social Security affiliates, 39,030 are from countries outside the European Union, and the rest, 35,671 people from EU countries. Of the total number of 74,701 immigrants to register at the Social Security offices, 16,149 registered as ‘self employed’ and the rest as ‘employed’.

Within the ‘employed’ status, a total of 23,439 foreigners (40.35%), work in the Hospitality sector, 15.9% percent (9,235 affiliates) work in commerce and 7.69% percent (4,467 contributors) work in administrative activities.

Of all immigrants registered at the Social Security offices at the end of July, four in ten were from non-EU countries (39,030) and the rest (35,671) were from EU member countries. Regarding non-EU countries, 4,984 were of Moroccan nationality and 4,579 Colombian nationals. China, with 4,540 employees, is ranked as third country from affiliates outside the EU, ahead of Cuba, with 3,702 contributors. The remaining non-EU members are divided between Venezuela (2,359), Argentina (2,153), India (1,613), Uruguay (1,570), Bolivia (1,343) and Ecuador (1,204).

Regarding EU member countries, British, Italian and German have the highest number of affiliates, with 7,665, 7,568 and 7,136 members respectively.