The Basque Youth Observatory: 13 out of 100 young people living in the Basque Country are foreigners
- December 18: International Migrants Day
On occasion of the International Migrants Day, the Basque Youth Observatory is publishing EUSTAT data on foreign youths registered as residents in the Basque Country. According to data from the Municipal Population Statistics, there were 36,919 foreigners aged 15 to 29 registered in the Basque Country in 2017, of which 18,854 were women and 18,065 men. Between 2013 and 2016, the number of foreign youths has declined gradually; however, the figure increased slightly by 1,000 people in 2017.
The percentage of foreign youths regarding the total youth population of the Basque Country has also recovered slightly compared to 2015 and 2016, reaching 13.0% of the total number of young people living in the Basque Country in 2017.
The percentage of foreign youths regarding the total number of youths is slightly higher in Araba (15.1%) than in Bizkaia (12.5%) or Gipuzkoa (12.8%). Most foreigners aged 15 to 29 living in the Basque Country come from America, 16,309 to be precise, accounting for 44.2% of the total number of young immigrants; 25.3% (9,336) come from Africa, 22.1% (8,146) come from other European countries, and the remaining 8.5% (3,128) from Asia or Oceania.
If we look at the percentage of young foreigners in each province based on their regions of origin, we find that the proportion of American youths is greater in Bizkaia than in the other two provinces; Álava is noted for the percentage of young Africans, which is almost the same as the percentage of young people from America; while in Gipuzkoa, young people from other European countries account for the greatest relative percentage (compared to Araba and Bizkaia).