Recent information from the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security, and Migration released data showing that Malaga approved 57,407 residence permits in 2022.

This positions the Costa del Sol at the forefront in the regional rankings.

The figures revealed a diverse regional landscape. Almeria followed with 30,096 permits, while Huelva and Sevilla granted 24,658 and nearly 15,000, respectively.

The list continued with Granada at 14,394, Cadiz at 12,000, Cordoba nearly reaching 4,500, and Jaen close to 4,000.

These numbers contributed to 123,574 permits across Andalucia, underlining its role as one of the autonomous communities with the most residence approvals in Spain.

The Valencian Community witnessed the most significant annual growth, at 96 per cent. In 2022, it approved an additional 55,805 permits compared to 2021, with 42,250 (76 per cent) granted to Ukrainian nationals.

Residence permits encompassed various categories, including beneficiaries of the EU Free Movement regime, the Withdrawal Agreement between Spain and the United Kingdom, and those under the immigration regime, including business and talent-related documents.

It also included those under international protection and stateless persons, notably including Ukrainians under the Temporary Protection Directive.

Compared nationally, Malaga ranked fifth in Spain for the most residence permits granted. Madrid led with 191,496, followed by Barcelona, Alicante, and Valencia with 181,018, 76,591, and 62,230 respectively.

Analysing Malaga’s data by age and gender, it was found that between ages 0 and 15, 5,875 documents were authorized for males and 5,500 for females. In the 16 to 64 age bracket, 18,532 permits were issued to men and 23,228 to women. The over-65 category comprised 1,951 men and 2,353 women.

In 2022, Spain granted 793,067 residence authorizations under the immigration regime, marking a 57 per cent increase from 2021. Initial type authorizations accounted for 62 per cent of the total, showing a 114 per cent increase within a year.

Among the fifteen nationalities receiving the most authorizations, Ukrainians saw the most significant increase, at 1,255 per cent, mainly due to the new charges under the Temporary Protection Directive.

Peruvians (82%) and Colombians (70%) followed. The Chinese group showed the smallest increase at 4 per cent. The average age of those receiving residence authorization in 2022 was 31, with Pakistanis being the youngest group at an average age of 26 and Peruvians the oldest at 37.