Spain’s British expat population on the rise

New figures show that the British expat population is rising, in spite of ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

According to the Spanish Central Statistic Unit’s final population figures for 2018, the number of Brits living in Spain increased by 2.5 per cent – or 6,000 people – last year.

This means that at the start of this year there were a total of 249,015 British nationals officially registered as living in Spain. Only Morocco (812,000) and Romania (669,000) can boast larger foreign-born population totals in Spain.

Overall, Spain’s population grew by 285,000 people in 2019, taking the total to 47,007,367. Around 11 per cent of the country’s total population is foreign-born, with more than 5-million non-Spaniards living there.

However, while the mass exodus of Brits from Spain that many experts predicted as a consequence brought about by Brexit uncertainty doesn’t appear to have happened, the average age of British expats in Spain has increased.

The average age of a British expat living in Spain is 53.6, compared to just 36.1 for all other non-Spaniards living in the country. This suggests that Spain is still very much viewed as a retirement destination by many British expats, rather than somewhere to relocate a family to.

The average age of Spain’s population as a whole is 44.2.

Article published 18th April 2019