The Brits are Returning to Spain…
Since the record highs of 2006, the number of Brits emigrating each year from the UK has fallen, however, when Brits do move abroad, Spain remains the most popular destination in Europe.
In 2006 the net emigration from the UK reached 124,000. That year was famously buoyant on many fronts, including the economies of much of Europe. The property markets of Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus and Dubai, and the positive outlook of many British and Irish people hoping to move to sunnier climates to enjoy a more relaxed way of life.
At the start of the economic crisis in 2008 this mass emigration of Brits drastically declined, with just 44,000 officially emigrating in 2009 and only 43,000 making the move in 2010.
This data was recorded recently in a House of Commons Library report which used the Eurostat and Office for National Statistics data. It revealed that emigration numbers began to rise in 2012, when 63,000 Brits made the move, and data for 2013 and 2014 – not yet verified – is likely to record a continuation of that trend.
In total, more than five million British people are now living abroad, with data from UN International Trends showing that in Europe, Spain remains to be the most popular destination for Brits, with 381,025 expats officially registered there.
However, these official figures are conservatively estimated and rely on data from Spanish town halls, which means that this figure represents only the British people who have registered as residents. The true figure is likely to be at least double that, with some studies having suggested that there may well be around one million Brits residing for all or part of the year in Spain.
It’s a fact that, Spain’s popularity with British expats is legendary, so these statistics are not too surprising. Elsewhere in Europe, 253,605 live in Ireland and 172,806 live in France, while Germany is home to 96,938 Brits .
Luckily, Spain offers the best of both worlds. The Costa Blanca, Costa Calida areas are a haven for expats because it provides a well established network of English-speaking attractions, amenities and services, but also delivers superb weather, beautiful scenery, rich history, wonderful Spanish customs and traditions and – last but not least – some of the best, most affordable property available anywhere in the world.
Article from SPNews