Social Security loses 18,712 foreign affiliates in August and adds two months of falls

MADRID, 19 Sep.

Social Security loses 18,712 foreign affiliates in August and adds two months of falls


Social Security lost an average of 18,712 foreign affiliates in July, 0.7% less than the previous month, bringing the eighth month of the year to a close with 2,676,528 immigrant workers registered in the system.

With the decline in August, the average affiliation of foreigners has chained two consecutive months of declines after having registered a decrease of 3,365 contributors in July.

Of the total number of foreign workers existing at the end of August, 55.5% were men and 44.5% were women, as reported this Tuesday by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration.

In seasonally adjusted terms, the affiliation of foreigners to Social Security increased by 42,266 contributors in August, to a total of 2,657,187 employed people, 467,766 more than before the arrival of the pandemic.

Altogether, at the end of August, foreign workers represented 12.8% of the total number of people who were affiliated with Social Security in seasonally adjusted values.

Of the total number of foreigners affiliated at the end of the eighth month of the year, 876,938 came from EU countries (32.8%) and 1,799,590 came from third countries (67.2%). The largest groups of foreign workers are workers from Romania (335,291), Morocco (302,934), Italy (182,700), Colombia (170,804) and Venezuela (145,461).

In addition, the system has 66,117 members from Ukraine, 18,858 more than in January 2022 (40%), before the start of the war waged in the country by Russia.

The majority of workers from Ukraine who work in Spain, around 87.4%, are salaried and 12.5% ​​are self-employed.

In the last year, the average affiliation of foreign workers has increased by 239,037 employees, which in relative terms implies a rise of 9.8%.


By regime, the majority of foreigners fall under the General Regime, which closed August with 2,245,362 foreign affiliates, 84% of the total and 0.8% less than in July.

For its part, the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (RETA) ended August with 425,153 foreign contributors, 0.01% less than the previous month. Of them, 14.9% are of Chinese nationality, followed by Romanians (10.9%) and Italians (9%).

Within the General Regime, the sectors that gained the most foreign contributors in August, in relative values, were household activities (5.9%) and water supply and health activities (1.6% in both cases).

On the other hand, the largest decreases were recorded in agriculture (-3.2%), Public Administration (-2.4%) and construction (-2%).

The Special Agrarian System (which is part of the General Regime) lost 3.9% of foreigners compared to the previous month, while the Home System registered 1.1% fewer foreign contributors than in July.

By autonomous community, the average affiliation of foreigners rose in August in eight of them and fell in nine, mainly in Murcia (-5,171 contributors), Catalonia (-4,357) and Castilla-La Mancha (-3,576). The largest monthly increases, in absolute terms, occurred in the Canary Islands (826 contributors) and Navarra (709).