The Union of Muslim communities in Spain (UCIDE) claims that 1.13 million Spaniards (2.5% of the country’s residents) are Muslims, reports Vatican Radio. The largest group includes Moroccan immigrants, numbering approximately 565,000. There are also almost 35,000 native Spaniards who are converts to Islam. UCIDE is pushing for Islamic religion classes to be held in public schools of four Spanish regions with the highest concentrations of Muslims – Catalonia, Madrid, Andalusia, and Valencia.

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