The Department responsible for Statistics and Population, directed by the mayor Alejandra Gutierrez, is preparing a study to know in detail the demographic situation of the municipality of Cartagena and thus provide a better service to citizens.
âThe first results that the study has shown show that in the last 10 years the foreign population has experienced a decrease of 26.54%.
In fact, of the 32,541 people of other nationalities residing in Cartagena in 2010, there are currently 23,904 left, which means that 1 in 4 people have left, âsaid Alejandra Gutiérrez.
The nationalities with the highest representation in the municipality 10 years ago were Moroccan, Ecuadorian, British and Romanian, in that order, and all of them have suffered a significant decline.
Specifically, the Moroccan population has fallen by 1,546 people;
Ecuadorian in 2,891, with the march of 3 out of 4 citizens;
and the Romanian who has gone from 1,249 people from 2010 to 318 in 2019.
As for the British population, the situation is different, since for years it continued to increase until reaching its highest peak in 2014 with 3,743 people.
However, the councilor has indicated that "everything seems to indicate the beginning of Brexit in 2016 gave way to a progressive decline of citizens of British origin and currently reside in the municipality of Cartagena 1,976, 1,423 less than 5 years ago."
Regarding other nationalities, the councilwoman has affirmed that there has also been a significant decrease in the Colombian and Bolivian communities, since in 2010 Cartagena had about 1,000 people from both countries and this year its population is practically residual.
Increase in citizens from Venezuela
It should also be noted that in these 10 years the population from Venezuela has doubled, going from the 121 citizens of 2010 to the 253 currently living in Cartagena.
âWith these first figures that the study has shown, we can conclude that the reduction in the number of inhabitants of Cartagena is not conditioned by the decrease in the indigenous population, but by the decrease in citizens from other countries,â concluded the mayor.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena