Muslim population in Spain increased 10 times in the last 3 decades

The experts have analyzed that Europe faces a rapid transition in its demography. Recently, the Secretary of the Islamic Commission of Spain said that the Muslim population living in Spain had increased 10 times in the last 30 years, exceeding 2.5 million

Mohamed Ajana told Anadolu that according to official records, 2.5 million, and according to unofficial figures, about 3 million Muslims live in Spain.

Ajana added that the Muslim population in Spain, which was seen as pure immigrants in the past, now has an important place among Spanish citizens.

He stated that more than one million Muslims in the country are Spanish citizens; some are immigrants and others are of Spanish origin.

Further explaining that Muslims from Morocco, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Senegal, and Algeria are in the majority, he shared the information that the majority of the Muslim population in Spain lives in industrialized regions such as Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia, and Madrid.

Ajana also said that there are currently 53 Islamic federations serving the Muslim community in Spain and that there are about 2,000 mosques.

He said the main problems that Muslims face are obtaining permits and licenses to construct mosques, the existence of only 40 Muslim cemeteries despite the increase in population, education, and Islamophobia.

Many have anticipated that Europe is also changing culturally, politically, and economically. Due to higher birth rates in Muslims and immigration amongst the community still swiftly augmenting. This is easily changing the face of Europe.

The non-Muslim population is being outnumbered quickly. The religious composition is too changing the social fabric of European society now. Christianity is the dominant religion, however, Islam is catching up fast.

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