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Over 400,000 Self-Employed In Spain Are Now Foreigners Spain News

There are now 406,313 self-employed foreign nationals working in Spain accounting for 12.3% of all social security contributions according to the latest figures from the government's Social Security Regime (RETA).

Of these, 162,087 were from the European Union with 244,226 foreign nationals from outside the EU accounting for 60% of all foreign self-employed workers.

Chinese nationals make up the largest group with 15.3% of self-employed workers. This is followed by those from Romania (11.1%) and Italy (8.8%).

The country’s Union of Professionals and Self-Employed Workers (UPTA) advised more than 1,300 foreign entrepreneurs in 2022, of which 200 were direct beneficiaries of the project "Empléate. Integrate", a subsidised inclusion program.

UPTA will develop throughout 2023 the national project 'Emprender. The path to integration'. It is a program subsidised by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, through the Secretary of State for Migration and the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Care and Inclusion of Immigration and co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF). This program is one of the main ways of entrepreneurship among people seeking self-employment, a door for their integration into the labour market in Spain.

For our organization it is a priority to be able to contribute to the true integration of foreigners in our community, not only in cultural aspects, but also in the economic and labor spheres. Therefore, the program "Emprender. The path to integration", promotes actions that encourage and support self-employment, contributing to favor the coexistence and social integration of the beneficiaries in our society.

The advice, training and mentoring service that we develop from our association is, without a doubt, and after the extensive experience we accumulate, one of the most successful,” said UPTA.

More than 180 foreign nationals are expected to benefit from the program with five courses of 25 hours each where entrepreneurs can learn about the creation and management of microenterprises.

The course will take place in Extremadura, Castilla y León, Aragón, and Madrid. In addition, those attending will be offered advice on self-employment, as well as personalised itineraries adapted to their business ideas.