I can't really understand why there is a continued decline in the number of British residents in the Balearics. As you will have read on the front page today the number of British residents on Minorca has dropped by 50 per cent in the last five years. The number of British residents on Majorca has also seen a fall. So is the British love affair with the Balearics in decline?

Well it certainly appears to be the case. Granted we are talking official figures and there are plenty of British residents who are not registered, but the figures rather say it all. Brexit is causing uncertainty, but having said that, when I first started work in Majorca, you needed a work permit and all sorts of paperwork and the resident British population was far bigger than it is today. The value of sterling may have fallen against the euro but this is not new either; the sterling euro/peseta rate has been rather a roller coaster ride for decades.

Another reason is the small number of winter flights. Yes, this is a problem but there are still some flights. I would say that the drop has been caused by the fact that the Balearics are no longer cheap. The cost of living has rocketed on the islands over the last decade and some would say living here is not as simple as it once was. I sincerely hope that the Brits start returning to the islands to live. The Balearics are a wonderful place and I believe that they are one of the best places to live in the world. Obviously the islands have their shortcomings but there are plenty of advantages.


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S. / Hace over 2 years

All Inclusive has sent many of my friends bankrupt. The tourist is no longer a friend to those who are now rich from tourism.. British pensions are worth a lot less, and they can no longer afford to live here. Rents are increasing, but incomes are falling. Local rents, apartment rents, mortgages etc. are on the increase every year. Brexit is causing confusion, many are returning because of its uncertaintity.


RBMM / Hace over 2 years

Even more British residents leave mainland Spain.


Andreas / Hace over 2 years

"World trade deals will be massive". Oh, don't you just love it! We already have massive trade details with the world's largest trading bloc. It's called the EU. Dream on...


TGNT / Hace over 2 years

People are realising that the UK will thrive post leaving the EU, when world trade deals will be massive, thrusting the UK economy into huge highs and living standards will be worth staying in the UK for.


palmadave / Hace over 2 years

Why? Because the days of living under the radar are disappearing.


osn / Hace over 2 years

As you say. It's probably a combination of exchange rate, but for me, more to do with accomodation rental. It's getting difficult to get much of anything decent to rent in the Southwest and Palma, the main concentrations of UK citizens, for much under 1000 Euros these days. There is not much left out of a basic salary at the end of the month after that. being broke is no fun, even if the sun is shining.


Larry HENSON / Hace over 2 years

Fed up with remoaners?


Steve Riches / Hace over 2 years

It's the £/€ exchange rate, pure and simple.


Ron / Hace over 2 years

In recent years I have seen a general unwelcoming attitude from majorcans towards all foreigners. I think it's probably a global issue rather than a personal attack on the British, given the cost of living everywhere nowadays. But here prices have rocketed in the last few years. When the euro was introduced in 2002 the £ was fixed at 66 pence. Look at it now!! Also the majorcans want to protect their jobs, their health service etc. from what they may call 'sponging' foreigners. Look at the comments re the Rumanian beggars in Palma. Neither do the British want to put up with the nationalism prevalent here, nor the 'tourist go home' attitude from those groups trying to wreck tourism. And of course the quality of education is the worst in the whole of Spain. Why would a family with children want to put up with that?


Andy Rawson / Hace over 2 years

People are leaving because they cannot survive anymore.