Figures Show Expat Exodus From Spain

By Editorial 24 April, 2014

Provisional data from Spain's National Statistics Institute (INE) indicates that the number of foreigners registered as living in the country dropped by about ten percent during 2013, and the British expat community shrank by more than a fifth.

The figures are derived from town hall registers. Spanish law requires everyone who lives in an area to enroll on a local town hall register, or padrón, although the British Embassy says that many UK expats ignore the rule.

According to the INE, as of January 1, 2014, there were just over 5 million foreigners registered – down by 546,000. The number of registered Britons declined by 22.8 percent, to less than 300,000, while registered German residents slumped by 23.6 percent to 182,000.

Of the principal nationalities noted by the statistics body, only Chinese residents bucked the overall decline. The number of registered Chinese rose by 2 percent, to just above 185,000.

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