Spain has 3 times more Brit expats , than Britain has Spanish.


Spain has over three times more British expats than the U.K. has Spanish expats, that's according to data released by the office of National Statistics.

Nearly 300,000 British citizens took up residence in Spain in 2016,and there continues to be a rise of immigration from the UK to Spain. 48% of these were retired and financially independent in marked contrast to Spanish immigration to the U.K.

The number of British people over the age of 65 living in Spain has more than doubled in the past 10 years, due largely to British immigrants already living here growing older.

The statistics for Spanish expats in the U.K.

There were only 116,000 Spanish expats living in the U.K. in 2016., with around half of the Spaniards aged 20-39, and most of them ,59% , — were employed. in sectors such as public admin, education, health, banking and finance, and hotels and restaurants. Only 5% were classified as unemployed.

The statistics suggest that expats from Britain tend to take up residence in Spain in search of retirement more than for work, whereas the trends towards the U.K. from Spain show that the 20-39 demographic tends to go for work.

There were 219,000 visits spanning 1-12 months to Spain from the U.K., with the majority of these taking place for reasons other than work or study.

Many of these visitors stayed in holiday homes or visited friends and relatives.

There were 13 million visits of less than 28 days, with most of them taking place during the holidays.

849,000 Spanish people were recorded to have visited the U.K. for their holidays in 2016.

The Office for National Statistics report is the first in a series that aims to gather information about British citizens living in European countries.

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