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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Spain’s mass exodus

MORE than half-a-million people left Spain in 2013, many of them foreigners, with 79,306 Spanish nationals making up the numbers.

But the Canary Islands actually showed a slight increase in population of 0.46%.

Figures from the Migration Study, conducted by the National Statistics Institute (INE), reveal that 547,890 people left the country last year.

This means Spain’s population has dropped for the second year running. In 2013, the drop stood at 220,130, closing the year with a total population of just over 46½ million.

Spain’s mass exodus

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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