Islam as a minority religion in Spain
Many of those affiliated with a Protestant doctrine were not necessarily born in Spain, but they are not the largest foreign-born religious group in the Mediterranean country. With almost all of its devotees born in a different country, the Islamic community in Spain mostly originated abroad, as revealed by recent reports. Spain and Islam have a very long history, and approximately two million Muslims have made this country their home. Excluding Spaniards, the largest Muslim group in the country is that of Moroccans, with 865,000 thousand devotees as of 2020. The autonomous communities of Catalonia and Andalusia were home to almost one million, making them the Spanish regions with the largest Muslim population.
Religion is still a source of social problems
Despite the emergence of religious diversity, Spain is still far from living in full harmony. Prejudices against religious beliefs still incite many to assault or abuse believers of other faiths, with records revealing a peak number of 103 registered hate crimes of this type in 2017. In 2020, bias crime triggered by religious motivation was the fifth most common form of discrimination penalized by law in Spain, and only under 56 percent of all cases were completely cleared up.