REVEALED: More UK expats living in Spain than Spanish in Britain | UK | News


The statistics from a special report by the Office for National Statistics found there are almost two and a half times as many Brits living in as Spanish citizens living in the UK. 

It is estimated there were 116,000 Spanish citizens living in the UK between January 2013 and December 2015. 

Of all Spanish citizens resident in the UK, 92 per cent live in England and 6 per cent in Scotland.

According to Spain’s most recent data, there were 296,000 British citizens registered as living in Spain on January 1, 2016. 

Those aged 65 and over accounted for 32 per cent of British citizens living in Spain in 2011, compared with 40 per cent in 2016.

Even though the Spanish population in the UK is about a third of the size of the British population in Spain, 20 to 39 year old Spanish citizens in the UK outnumber British citizens in Spain of the same age.

The coastal regions of southern Spain are the most common places for British residents to live in the country.

The report was created over demand for data about people most likely to be affected by Brexit. 

Citizens rights are high on the agenda for talks with both the EU and British governments keen to secure a deal. 

Brussels has argued the rights of citizens in the UK and Brits living in the bloc should not change as a result of Brexit. 

Prime Minister says anyone from an EU state living in the UK before the yet to be deiced cut-off date will be entitled to stay as long as they have resided in Britain for five years continuously. 

Fearing a punishment deal from the EU, British expats have raised concerns over medical care and being forced to return to the UK. 

Retired expats can currently receive medical treatment in Europe under an agreement in the EU.

The report found five per cent of Spanish citizens living in the UK in 2013-1025 were unemployed, with 59 per cent working. 

Of all Spanish citizens working in the UK 78 per cent were working in three industrial sectors: public administration, education and health (19,400 – more than half in the education sector), banking and finance (17,000) and distribution, hotels and restaurants (16,700). 

Of the 308,805 British citizens living in Spain at the time of the 2011 Census, 69,305 were working (22 per cent), 148,625 were retired (48 per cent) and 34,900 were unemployed (11 per cent). Those too young to work, those who were economically inactive (for example, those staying at home with children) and students make up the remainder.

The most popular industry for those who were working was education, with 13,660, or 20 per cent of all British workers in Spain. Accommodation and food service activities was second, employing 17 per cent of British workers in Spain.



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