According to Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the Muslim population in Spain will increase by around 82% by 2030.
Currently, Muslims make up just over 1 million of the country’s population, which is expected to increase to about 1.9 million in the next two decades.
Immigration is cited as the main reason behind the increase, as just this past year Muslims made up 13% of all newly arrived migrants. A flow that helped Spain reaching an incredible economic growth especially in the construction sector that accounts for 18% of the GDP.
The world’s Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% in the next 20 years, according to new population projections by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. The Islamic population is growing at a much higher rate than the rest of the world.
The increase in Spain is not only due to the arrival of new Muslims in the peninsula but also from the newly converted who accounted for around 20,000 in the last 7 years.
People of African descent, or specifically the Moors conquested Spain from 710 AD until the late 1400′s they were in Europe as conquerors and served as a “civilizing force,”. The Moors had a tremendously positive impact on European cultural, socio-economic and political institutions.
The roots of European culture can be traced back to the Moors whose civilization was not only artistic, scientific and commercial, but also incredibly tolerant of other races and cultures. Many of the Moors’ cultural and intellectual influences are still in evidence today .
Projections of Muslim population in Spain for the next two decades are a reminder that the roots of the Moors in al-Andalus have never faded away and the positive contribution of this community in Spanish society will continue forever.
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