Brit expats offered Brexpats Spanish Nationality Course

Published:  5 Sep at 6 PM
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A joint effort by the Costal del Sol’s Parnell Academy and the support group Brexpats in Spain has resulted in a course aimed at British expats wishing to become Spanish nationals.

The Brexpats’ Spanish Nationality Course, due to start next week, is being held at Mijas’s Parnell Academy and aims to teach a command of Spanish as well as wide-ranging knowledge of the country’s culture, history, customs, politics and sports. The subjects taught will fulfil the requirements of the Spanish citizenship examination.

In its prospectus, the college points out that the citizenship test is more difficult than is usually understood, and states the course covers all its requirements. Questions often include the workings of the Spanish political system, the details of running a business, dates of national holidays and an overview of Spanish sports including football. Speaking Spanish at an acceptable level is essential.

Founder of the expat group Brexpats in Spain Anne Hernandez told local English language media she’d become aware of an increasing number of expats’ serious concerns about their future in their adopted country once the UK finally exits the EU. Local consulates seem to wrongly consider repeating the same hollow promises along the lines of ‘everything’s fine until we actually leave’, will quieten the concerns of business and home owners, retirees on UK pensions and those with families.

Spain isn’t the only country whose Brit expats are now in a permanent state of worry about their futures, with long-stay UK citizens in France expressing the same concerns. Resident for 13 years Catherine Higginson’s website is receiving numerous enquiries about becoming French citizens from expats all over the popular destination. According to Catherine, ‘Brexit is an absolute catastrophe on financial, personal and economic levels’, and is likely to result in increases in xenophobia and racism as well as hitting Brits on UK state pensions hard in the pocket.
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