Crisis: Spanish citizens living abroad exceed 2 mln

20 March, 13:59

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, MARCH 20 - An increasing number of Spanish citizens chose to live abroad due to the economic crisis, according to data published on Thursday by national statistics agency Ine. Spanish nationals abroad went up 6.6% in 2013 to over two million, based on data updated till January 1 this year.

    In 2013, 126,800 Spanish citizens moved abroad, with a total of 2.058,048 nationals living outside Spain. Overall, 34.2% of Spanish citizens living abroad were born in Spain; 59.6% were born in the country where they are now living, mostly immigrants who returned to their homeland; and 5.8% originally came from another country.

    According to data provided by Ine, two out of three who recently registered as Spanish citizens living abroad were born outside Spain. About 63.2% chose to live in America, 33-6% in Europe and 3.1% in the rest of the world. Foreign countries with the highest number of Spanish residents include Argentina (404,111), France (215,183), Venezuela (188,585) and Germany (122,218).(ANSAmed).

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