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The types of residence most granted in Málaga: A look at the migratory diversity on the Costa del Sol

Málaga, known for its rich culture, beaches and relaxed lifestyle, also stands out for its diversity and multiculturalism. As one of Spain's most welcoming provinces, Málaga is home to a growing international community that has contributed significantly to its social and economic fabric.



In this post, we will explore the most common types of residence permits granted in Malaga, offering a snapshot of the migratory diversity on the Costa del Sol, being the first city in Andalucía to grant residence permits to foreign nationals.




  • Residence for labor reasons: One of the most common types of residence in Málaga is temporary residence for labor reasons. According to data from the Ministry of Social Security, Inclusion and Migration, in 2023, more than 58,000 residence authorizations were granted for labor reasons in the province of Málaga. This authorization is granted to foreigners who wish to be employed or self-employed in the province.


  • Residence for family reunification: Another frequent type of residence in Málaga is temporary residence for family reunification. In 2023, more than 15,000 residence permits for family reunification were granted in the province. This authorization is granted to family members of Spanish citizens or foreign residents who wish to join their loved ones in the province. Málaga is an ideal place to settle down as a family.


  • Residence for study purposes: Málaga also attracts international students who wish to obtain a quality education in Spain. In 2023, more than 8,000 residence authorizations for study purposes were granted in the province. Temporary residence for study purposes is another commonly granted authorization in the province. With several renowned educational institutions and a vibrant student environment, Málaga is an excellent choice for those looking to broaden their academic horizons.


  • Residence for investment purposes: Málaga attracts foreign investors looking to establish businesses or make investments in the region. In 2023, more than 3,000 investment residency permits were granted in the province. Temporary residence for investment purposes is a popular option for those who wish to contribute to the economic growth of the province. This type of residency is "threatened" by the recent announcement by the President of the Government of Spain informing the upcoming end of investment housing.

In Welcome Málaga we offer expert advice on immigration issues to facilitate our clients the process of obtaining residence permits in Spain.









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