By Humphrey Carter

Over the past six years, some 13,000 Spaniards have left the Balearics and migrated overseas because of the recession and the lack of job prospects.

Palma.—At the beginning of this year, there were 27,168 Balearic citizens living overseas, some 13,000 more than in 2009, an increase of 91 percent.
In 2009, 14,176 citizens were registered as living abroad and the main reason for the sharp increase has been the recession coupled with rising unemployment and  the lack of job prospects.
During  the economic boom years leading up to the recession, 30,000 people moved to the Balearics, but that changed drastically in 2009 and the migratory flow suffered a sharp U-turn.

However, not all of the people who have migrated from the Balearics were Spanish nationals.
On the one hand, a large number of immigrants, mostly from South America and Africa,  who  moved here and took up Spanish nationality, decided to return home or move elsewhere as the recession began to bite.


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