The National Statistics Institute (INE for its Spanish acronym) has determined that the economic crisis in Spain is turning the country from Immigrant-receptor to migrant-producer, with a steadily increasing number of Spanish people who decide to try their luck abroad.
According to estimates by INE, Spain received in the first half of 2012 a total of 178,021 people, compared to 269,515, between Spanish and foreign, who decided to leave the country in the same period.
Based on the latest statistics, the data show that the worsening economic crisis in recent months in Spain and the high unemployment rate have doubled the number of Spanish who have opted to seek fortune in other countries.
INE data indicate that, in 2011, people who left Spain went to, in order of importance, the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Ecuador, Switzerland and Venezuela. (MZ)