Homesick Spanish migrants looking to return one day

Published:  13 Mar at 6 PM
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Many thousands of Spaniards are now expats in foreign lands, having left to find work during the years since the economic crisis kicked in, but most are hoping for a swift return to their beloved country.

Results of a recent survey have shown that a massive 82 per cent of Spaniards working overseas since 2008 are planning to return home within at least the next five years. Less than one in five of those polled have decided to stay in their host country.

The Hay’s Guide to the Labour Market survey has revealed a direct link between the Spanish Diaspora and the country’s economic collapse, as 20 per cent of those surveyed siad they had left the country since 2008. Millions of jobs were lost due to the bursting of the property bubble on 2007 and its effect on new developments.

Around 36 per cent of respondents stated they emigrated to find work, with the majority heading for Germany, France and the UK respectively. German statistics show that the number of Spanish people in the country rose 16 per cent in the years from 2010 to 2013.

In the UK, over 51,000 Spanish workers registered with Social Security offices during 2013, as registration is compulsory if migrants plan to seek work. The number is at an all-time high, an increase of 36 per cent over previous years and indicative of effect of the 26 per cent unemployment figure in Spain.
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