Spain, immigrants leaving the country because of economic crisis

Departures during the first 9 months of 2011 exceeded arrivals

19 October 2011 – With the crisis and the threat of a new economic recession, Spain is no longer the Eldorado for immigration, especially of North Africans and South Americans.

Data on the current population, revealed by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), confirm the reversal of the trend highlighted by earlier estimates: for the first time in the last ten years, the first 9 months of this year showed a negative balance in immigrant population.

From January to September 2011,  around 317,500 migrants arrived in Spain, while about 356,700 were those who decided to return to their countries of origin, with a negative balance of more than 39,200 foreigners.

According to the INE, the exodus is occurring to a greater extent among men than among women, a fact which indirectly confirms the tragedy of the loss of work behind the choice of returning to their country of origin.

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