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Expats Leaving Spain?

Expats Leaving Spain?
July 07
13:50 2014

According to an article in one of Spain’s leading press outlets “El Pais“, the new law that states expats have to declare all their assets in Spain is leading to many Brits who have lived for a number of years in the country to rethink their decision to move to the warm climes of the Med. According to latest town hall statistics (empadronamiento) throughout the country, expats are leaving to return to the colder, but financially more secure embrace of the mother country, far away from the alarming and unpredictable Spanish tax agency, or “La Hacienda”.

Are expats leaving Spain? We shouldn’t be too surprised if they are, or rather, we are. Depending on when you arrived in Spain, one of the main lures, apart from the weather of course, was the feeling of freedom the country offered compared to the rather oppressive UK. However, these days, albeit somewhat controlled where you live in Spain, and of course who you know, the tables seem to have turned and even walking a dog can result in a fine.

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It should also be noted that a reason expats might be abandoning Spain is because there are not many opportunities for young people since the recession. While Spain affords our children an education at least as good and probably better than they are likely to get in other EU countries, once qualifications are obtained the career opportunities are not so  great for university or college graduates.

As a resident who lives in Javea, or indeed anywhere else in Spain, and are thinking about returning to your home country, we would love to hear your views – so please get in touch via the comment box below.

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1 Comment

  1. thedarkdestroyer
    thedarkdestroyer December 03, 11:45

    Still better here for my parents than the UK, thats for sure

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