In Spain, the law requires individuals residing in the country for more than 183 days per year to complete the official registration process known as “empadronamiento” or “padrón municipal de habitants.” This process establishes them as official residents of a specific municipality, and their names are included in the municipal registry, commonly referred to as the ‘padrón.’
The ‘padrón’ is essentially an administrative record that compiles the names of individuals living within a municipality. However, a noteworthy issue is the inclusion of non-resident individuals in the Spanish ‘padrón.’ From our perspective, it is inappropriate for individuals who are not residents of Spain to be registered in the Municipal Register.
The municipal authorities maintain this list to monitor the population within their jurisdiction. The information gathered during the registration process is treated as confidential and is subject to data protection laws.