Job shortages spur Spaniards to emigrate

Published:  17 Oct at 6 PM
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Since the beginning of the year, almost half a million residents have left Spain, with over ten per cent of those moving overseas shown to be Spanish citizens.

A report from the government’s National Statistics Institute (INE) released on Monday also showed that the rate of emigration had increased by 21.6 per cent over last year’s figures. The percentage represented 37,539 more than in 2011, the majority of whom were Spaniards.

The net emigration figure, calculated on the number of migrants as against the number of immigrants was 137,628, following on 2011’s trend of more people leaving than entering and reversing on the 2009 figures. Between the beginning of 2011 and September this year, 927,890 people left the country, including 117,523 Spaniards.

The government believes that the main reason for the mass exodus of Spaniards to other countries is the lack of jobs for the qualified and the lack of any employment opportunities for the country’s young people. In addition, many overseas workers who have emigrated to Spain since 1997 have been motivated to return to their countries of origin by the worsening economic conditions in their adopted country.
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