Increase in migration numbers spurs new expat associations

Published:  17 Mar at 6 PM
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Migration numbers are soaring nowadays, with many who wouldn’t have dreamed of leaving their countries of birth a decade ago now happily established in expat communities across Europe and beyond.

Those who blazed the trail some years ago have learned how to adjust to their new surroundings and get the best out of their new lives, and many in favourite expat destinations are now passing on their knowledge to recent arrivals. The Estepona Expat Resident’s Association is the new kid on the Spanish block, hoping to help ease newbies’ transitions to a different culture as well as representing the expats who now form 33 per cent of the beachside town’s population.

The new association has already successfully campaigned for the reinstating of the town’s bus service, and is determined to give the expat community a voice in all local authority decisions in addition to improving services for the community as a whole. A quarterly meeting with the town’s Councillor for Tourism and Foreign residents is promised, during which issues brought up by expat residents will be put forward and discussed.

The association has won the approval of the Andalusian authority as a non-profit and non-political enterprise, giving it access to matters which concern the entire community and the chance to modify them. Bi-monthly forums with specialist speakers are also planned and, given that half the resort's Spanish residents are second-home owners rather than permanent residents, the association is sure to become a strong voice in the area.
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