Ecuadorians and Colombians are the foreign citizens residing in Spain who most acquired Spanish nationality in 2019, only behind Moroccans, in a year in which a total of 98,858 foreigners were nationalized, 8.9% more than the previous year .
According to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) released this Monday, of the total number of citizens who acquired Spanish nationality in 2019, in 24,544 cases the nationality of origin was that of Morocco, in 8,145 Ecuador and in 7,512 Colombia.
They are followed by Bolivia (7,404), Dominican Republic (5,363), Peru (3,795), Cuba (3,090), Pakistan (3,048), Honduras (2,739) and Brazil (2,734).
In turn, the main countries of birth of the nationalized were Spain (21,861), Morocco (11,625), Colombia (7,402), Ecuador (7,145), Bolivia (6,436), Dominican Republic (5,001, Peru (3,731), Cuba ( 3,083), Paraguay (2,717) and Argentina (2,701).
Foreigners between the ages of 30 and 39 are the largest group to acquire Spanish nationality (21,847), closely followed by those under 10 years old (21,212) and those between 40 and 49 years old (20,444).
More than half of foreigners who obtained Spanish nationality were women, 52.9% compared to 47.1% who were men.
Catalonia was the region where the most foreigners acquired Spanish nationality (24,084), followed by the Community of Madrid (22,161), which together accounted for 46.8% of the total.