Almost 8,000 Ecuadorians living in Spain acquired Spanish nationality in 2018, according to data published on Tuesday by the National Institute of Statistics.
The data was released within a report that states that about 91,000 foreign residents received Spanish citizenship last year, an increase of 36.6% over the previous year. Approximately 49,000 of those foreign residents were Latin Americans.
The most frequent nationalities of origin of these citizens were Moroccan, Bolivian and Ecuadorian; most of were between 30 and 39 years old and slightly more than half, 53%, were women.
Of the 90,828 citizens who became Spanish citizens, 25,372 were from Morocco; 8,157, from Bolivia; 7,996, from Ecuador;6,846, from Colombia; 4,933, from the Dominican Republic; 3,265, from Peru; 2,684,from Cuba; 2,504 from Paraguay; 2,152, from Brazil; 2,058, from Pakistan; 2,044 from Argentina; 2,042 from Venezuela; 1,782 from Honduras; 1,071 from Nicaragua; 978 from Uruguay; 811 from Chile and 548 from Mexico, among others.
In addition, 951 people from other countries of Central America and the Caribbean received Spanish citizenship last year.
By place of residence, the Spanish regions of Catalonia (with 20,036 cases) and Madrid (with 17,787) concentrated 41.6% of the acquisitions of Spanish nationality in 2018.