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Spanish migration numbers higher than ever

SPANIARDS are moving abroad in the highest numbers ever according to new figures released by Spain’s Office of National Statistics.

Almost 100,000 Spaniards left the country in 2015, the highest number since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008 and a 23% increase from the previous year.

The most popular countries for Spanish emigrants looking for opportunities abroad were Britain, France, Germany, and the United States.

The majority of emigrants, 12,263 people, chose to move to Britain.

While many Spaniards are heading abroad, the number of foreigners moving to Spain (291,387) is more than the number of foreigners leaving the country (253,069), for the first time since 2010.

And for the fourth year in a row, more deaths than births and more emigration than immigration caused Spain’s population to drop for the fourth year in a row.


© Olive Press Spain