Ukrainians almost overhaul British as largest foreign group in multinational city on Spain’s Costa Blanca

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THE number of registered Ukrainians has increased substantially in Torrevieja since the start of the year, due to Russia’s invasion of the country in late February.

Municipal padron figures show 4,596 Ukrainian residents in the city compared to 3,203 in January.

It’s the second largest foreign group in Torrevieja, just behind 4,813 British nationals with padron falls attributed by the city council to people leaving due to Brexit.

There is little evidence to support that view and the figure is higher than the 4,777 Brits on the 2018 padron.

In contrast, there were over 13,000 British residents recorded in 2012.

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The Ukrainian rise has fuelled an overall 900 person population increase in Torrevieja between January and July, with the figure standing at 88,800 people.

At its peak in 2008, Torrevieja had 105,205 registered inhabitants.

Out of the current 88,800 figure, 50,017(56.3%) are of Spanish origin with the rest, 38,783(43.7%), coming from abroad.

The third largest nonSpanish group are Russians(4,400), followed by Columbians(2,719) and Moroccans(2,246).

The padron has registered residents from 121 countries.

Torrevieja remains the third largest city in Alicante Province behind Alicante and Elche, and the fifth biggest in the Valencian Community.

All councils are keen to have as many people as possible registered on the municipal padron as that influences how much money they get from the state budget.

The population of an area also determines how many councillors can be elected to a council.