Spanish Emigration Up 21.6% in 2012

January 2nd, 2013

A total of 54,912 Spanish emigrated abroad during the first nine months of 2012, which is a 21.6% increase over the same period last year, according to the latest data released by the National Statistics Institute. This figure is drawn from a total of 420,150 residents in Spain who chose to emigrate.

The largest number of emigrations, whether Spanish or foreign, occurred in the month of September, when there were 6,924 departures, followed by February, with 6,428 people deciding to go abroad, and March, with 6,389 leaving the country. The lowest figure recorded during the year for emigrations was in April, with 5,531 cases.

In addition, El Mundo reported that since January 2011, a total of 927,890 people have emigrated from Spain, 117,523 of which were Spanish and 810,367 were foreign. By gender, the majority were men, totalling 542,724, compared with 385,166 women who have left the country since January 2011.

Taking into account the difference between those who entered the country and those who left, during 2012 Spain lost 137,628 people. Thus, the difference between the numbers of Spanish who returned to Spain and those who left, in the first nine months of 2012, was in negative figures, of 25,539, and the difference between the number of foreigners who entered and left the country was also negative, of 112,089.

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