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Spain — Highest percentage of immigrants as part of the workforce

20 July 2010

New analysis commissioned by staffing agency Adecco Spain from the IESE Business School reveals that Spain has the highest number of immigrants as a percentage of the working population when compared to other countries of the European Union (EU).

Immigrants represent 15.8% of the Spanish working population followed by Ireland with 14.1% and Austria with 11.1%.

Germany with 3.9 million immigrants in the workforce has the largest number of foreign workers in the European Union but they only represent 9.2% of the working population.

In Italy immigrant workers represent 9% of the working population followed by the UK with 8%, France with 5.4%, Portugal with 4.3% and The Netherlands with 3.7%.

The ethnic origin of foreign workers varies greatly by country. In Spain, Italy and Portugal, immigrant workers tend to come from Latin American countries whilst most immigrant workers in Germany have Turkish origins.

The majority of foreign workers in France originated from the Francophone countries of Northern Africa whilst the UK has a large Indian and Pakistani population.

To read the full analysis in Spanish language please click here



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