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1 ENGLISH IMMIGRANTS IN MODERN SPAIN Herbert S. Klein Madrid March 6, 2010

2  English Traditional Emigrants since 18 th century  Spain as Destination only becomes important in late 1990s – 60% come after 2000 (timing equal to all but Moroccans)  English represent 4 th largest immigrant community.  They grow steadily and as late as 2009 retain their rank among immigrant groups

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5 After 2000 Spain second only to Australia as destination of UK emigrants

6  Regional Origins quite Diverse  No direct correlation between Size of Regional English Population and Emigrant Populations in Spain  Many regions do not participate in migration  Spanish bound English emigration rate close to UK emigration rates for

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14  Demographic Structure Unique  Oldest of the immigrants  Fewest in Working Ages  Closest of Immigrant Groups to Spanish resident population in terms of age  Normal sex ratios for entire UK group, but UNUSUAL sex ratios for persons over 60

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20 Classic retiree age structure

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25  The Classic Retirement Community  Thus more home owning, more direct renters, more married with spouses present than any other major immigrant group  Primarily came to Spain for Weather and Cheap Housing  Unusual residential distribution of English compared to all other Groups  Coasts and Islands – few in Madrid or interior provinces.

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31  Age & Income Discrimination among UK Settlements in Spain  Yorkshire vs Southeast origins  Balearic islands attract richer migrants, and Canaries poorer ones in general  Malaga, Castellón, Granada & Madrid more exclusive and Girona is dominated by poorer migrants. Alicante and other communities more mixed.

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34  Under-represented among workers  Concentrated in Tourist services and education. Crucial role of British Council in Spain (their best overseas market)  Not in agriculture, industry or construction – the traditional immigrant occupations

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