Population of Spain FALLS for first time as foreigners leave because of eurozone crisis
- Resident number fell by 206,000 to 47.1m, National Statistics Institute says
- First time population fall recorded in official statistics since records began
- Between 2000 and 2010, immigrant population rose from 924,000 to 5.7m
- As unemployment has soared to 26%, many immigrants have gone home
Spain's population has fallen for the first time - because of the eurozone crisis.
The number of residents fell by 206,000 to 47.1million, the National Statistics Institute said, a figure entirely accounted for by foreign residents.
It was the first time a population drop had been recorded in official statistics since records began in 1857 - although until 1998 figures were published roughly every decade, rather than annually.