Some 225,351 Moroccans were affiliated to social security in Spain by the end of July compared to 230,470 by the end of June, according to official figures issued on Tuesday.

Moroccans rank first among foreign non-EU workers affiliated to social security in Spain, followed by the Chinese (99,912 people) and Ecuadorans (72,358), the Spanish ministry of Labor and Social Security said in a statement.

The number of foreigners who are affiliated to social security reached in the same period 1,870,397, a rise of 7.06% compared with the same period of last year (+ 123,283 workers).

The number of Moroccans living legally in Spain on Dec. 31, 2016, is around 756,796 people, according to figures of the Immigration Observatory.

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