Report reveals EU expats in UK outnumbered by UK expats in Spain

Published:  29 Jun at 6 PM
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A special report issued by the Office of National Statistics has revealed there are 300,000 Britons in Spain as against just 116,000 Spaniards in the UK.

The report was designed to give accurate information about both expat categories before Brexit negotiations began. Almost half of UK expats are retired, with the numbers increasing rapidly over the past several years, and coastal locations are the most popular for this group.

Spanish citizens living in the UK come mostly from younger age groups, with 50 per cent aged between 20 and 39. Some 59 per cent of Spanish expats in the UK are legally employed, with the majority working in three major sectors – banking and finance, health, education and public administration, and hotels and restaurants. Just five per cent of expats from Spain living in the UK are unemployed, with mostly students making up the remainder.

Only 22 per cent of British citizens living in Spain have jobs, with the majority in catering and hotel work, and just 11 per cent are unemployed. The remainder are those too young to legally work and those who are economically inactive, most of whom are students or stay-at-home mothers.

As regards temporary visits to Spain by British citizens during the past year, some 219,000 were shown, with most assumed to be visits with friends or short holidays in their Spanish properties and the rest involving study or work-related trips. Actual holiday visits of less than a month over the same time period added up to 13 million, whilst only 849,000 Spaniards chose the UK for their holidays – perhaps because of the infamous British weather.

The report seems to emphasise Spain’s potential economic losses post-Brexit, should expats be forced to return to the UK and British holidaymakers are discouraged by the need to purchase a visa and a lack of cheap flights.

Source: BBC
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