The video featured in this post was filmed in 2012. The Islamic presence and political influence has increased exponentially in Spain during the past five years, based on the rapid rise in Moslem migrants and their robust population growth. This should make a déjà vu topic of conversation around your dinner table tonight-- considering that Spain was under Moslem occupation for nearly 800 years, until they were expelled in 1492 by Isabela The Catholic, Queen of Spain.
By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
By the numbers…
The number of Moslems residing in Spain in 2016 exceeded 1.9 million (1,919,141), which is an increase of 31,235 from 2015, when it reached 1.8 million. According to the Demographic Study of the Moslem Population prepared by The Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (UCIDE) and the Andalusí Observatory, followers of Islam represent 4% of the total Spanish population.
The report, which uses data from the General Administration of the State and UCIDE, indicates that 42% (804,017) of Moslems in Spain are nationals, compared to 58% (1.11 million), who are Islamic foreigners. These figures confirm the trend of previous years, showing an increase in the number of Moslems born in Spain, as well as Moslem nationalized citizens, compared to migrant Moslems.
Among the Spaniards, more than half (430,990) are children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Moslems, that is, already born in Spain, while 277,409 are nationalized Spanish citizens. 23,624 adhere to Islam. Among the Islamic foreigners, almost seven out of ten are Moroccans (753,425), followed by Pakistanis (78,071), Senegalese (62,489), Algerians (61,987) and Nigerians (41,486).
Moslems in Spain’s autonomous communities, regions, municipalities and cities
A quarter of the total Moslems residing in Spain are concentrated in Catalonia (515,482). This is followed by Andalusia, with 309,586 Moslems; Madrid, with 283,063 and Valencia, where 204,479 reside. It is interesting to note that Cantabria and Asturias are the autonomies where the less faithful Islamists reside, with less than 10,000 in each of these regions.
Barcelona, Ceuta, Madrid and Melilla are the Spanish municipalities with the largest number of Moslem citizens. They are followed by El Ejido (Almería) and Murcia. In percentage of population, Ceuta and Melilla stand prominently with their Moslem populations: Ceuta has 36,474 Moslem residents out of 84,519 total residents. Melilla has 44,564 Moslem residents out of 86,026 total residents.
The year is 2017– and demographics are destiny. But this time, there’s no Isabela The Catholic, Queen of Spain.
Someone has to say the truth…
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