The number of British nationals residing in Spain reached 313,975 in 2021, representing a 4.4 per cent increase compared to the previous year, when 300,640 Britons were living in the Spanish territory, data shows.
According to data from Statista, this figure is less than one per cent or 2,387 residents behind the 2013 record, when 316,362 UK nationals were living in the country, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
These findings further indicate that even the United Kingdom leaving the European Union on January 31, 2021, which includes a lot more hassles for Britons planning to travel and even live in Spain, as the country is considered third-country nationals, hasn’t affected the desire of Britons to live in Spain, on the contrary, it has fuelled it provided that the number of UK nationals in Spain surged from 286,753 recorded in 2019 to 300,640 in 2020 and 313,975 in 2020 – showing an increase of 9.5 per cent.
The data further shows that more Britons are opting for residency in Spain, with an increasing number of residents noticed in 2019, 2020 and 2021. This indicates a strong desire for Britons to live in Spain as, despite the pandemic that started in 2020 and Brexit, when the UK left the European Union, they still intend to become residents in Spain.
In the last decade, such rates have fluctuated dramatically, starting strong in 2010, peaking at 314,200 inhabitants, 3.8 per cent more than in the previous year and the highest record Spain had seen until then. The rates remained relatively the same in the next three years – 312,155 in 2011 and 312,959 in 2012, to then reach the highest record to this day in 2013 (316,362).
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From there on, the interest of UK nationals to live in Spain dimmed, dropping by two per cent to 310,052 in the following year and further dipping to 284,987 in 2018 – the lowest rates seen in the decade, similar to rates of 2007, when 276,340 Britons were living in Spain. Such figures are about 12 per cent behind the most recent rates recorded in 2021.
According to data provided by Eurostat, citizens from third countries accounted for eight per cent of all population, followed by four per cent that included citizens of other EU Member States.
The same source shows that about 7.2 million residents of Spain in 2021 were born in non-EU countries, while it was a reporting country for more than 40.4 million people.