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Spain Population Dips First Time on Record as Immigrants Flee

Spain’s population declined for the first time since records began in 1971 as immigrants fled the recession-plagued country last year.

The number of foreign immigrants that left Spain in 2012 was 18 percent higher than a year earlier, as 417,023 people exited the country, according to a report from the National Institute of Statistics, or INE, published today. Romanians, Moroccans and Ecuadorians lead the emigration of foreign nationals.