13% of all Canary Islands residents are legally registered foreigners
According to the latest population figures from the Canarian Institute of Statistics (ISTAC) collected in 2020, there were 2,175,952 inhabitants and 292,542 registered foreigners (legally registered not irregular immigrants), which represents 13% of the total population in the archipelago. The proportion varies remarkably between islands, between 30.3% for Fuerteventura and below 8.6% for Gran Canaria.
In 2020, Fuerteventura had 119,732 registered people, of which 36,371 were foreigners, and although the figures and the percentage seem high, it is not the highest it has been in the last 20 years: in 2013 Fuerteventura registered 33.6% of foreigners, with 36,786 (the highest figure so far this century), out of a total of 109,176 inhabitants.
Overall, the proportion in 2020 was as follows:
- Fuerteventura: 30.3%
- Lanzarote: 23.5%
- La Gomera: 15.2%
- Tenerife: 14.2%
- El Hierro: 12.2%
- La Palma: 10.9%
- Gran Canaria: 8.6%
According to ISTAC almost half of the 292,542 registered foreigners come from countries in Europe, specifically 146,063. After Europe, the next largest migratory flow to the archipelago is from Latin American countries, with 84,660 people; 26,679 people come from the African continent that live on the islands on a regular basis. The Asian community is made up of 17,410 and there are only 168 from Oceania.
If these figures are compared with those registered at the start of the millennium in the year 2000, the increase is biggest in the case of Latin Americans, has it multiplied by 5.3 in the last 20 years, starting from 15,738 at the beginning of the century; in the case of Africans, it has multiplied by 3.8 (7,011 two decades ago) and from Europe it has gone from 41,986 in 2000 to 146,063 today
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With 2020 figures, Tenerife remains the most populated island, with 928,604 inhabitants, followed by Gran Canaria, which had 855,521 last year; the third in population is Lanzarote, with 155,812 (La Graciosa is included in the calculation); Fuerteventura follows, with 119,732 people; then La Palma with 83,458, La Gomera had 21,678 inhabitants, and El Hierro 11,147 people.