The European continent is surely a varied land. European countries are small, compared with other nations in the world, and they have a very distinct identity. From the languages people speak, to the way they dress, or how their streets look like, the landscapes, the food, the culture, everything is unique. Even if there is very fluid communication between many European countries, especially after the creation of the EU, each country's signature has remained untouched. Europe is certainly a treasure of cultures, music, food, buildings and History.
British people who wish to move to another European country have a huge variety from which to choose. Every country is special in its own way. As a matter of fact, most British expats don't choose an European country as their destination, because they prefer to head do a nation with which the United Kingdom shares a stronger cultural and historical bond. For this reason, the United States of America and Australia head the list of settlements for Britons.
However, some Brits choose to give European countries a chance. Spain is among their top choices. It is interesting to take a look at this country to try and figure out what is it that drives so many people. So far, Spain isn't the most stable EU economy, and has been facing some level of economic crisis for the past few years. What is it, then, that makes this destination have a place in the Top 5 countries in which British expats choose to live?
Apparently, economical stability and best work choices are the main reason that drives Britons to look for an overseas settlement. Thousands emigrating to Spain every year seem to prove this hypothesis wrong. As mediterranean people do, the Spanish have very different personal style from the Northern Europeans such as the Britons. They are open, merry and warm. Spanish food and wine are among the best of Europe, and the living cost isn't that high, especially compared with what people are used to pay in the UK for the same things.
Many Britons find in Spain great opportunities to work as qualified expats. There are many job positions open for them in this country, many more than they will find in the United Kingdom. Also, Spain is chosen by around 400.000 people for their retirement home. Spanish towns are traditional and beautiful, filled with Spanish warmth and kindness, big smiles and delicious food. The Spanish are very passionate people, and for those who have been born in a Northern land as the United Kingdom, it is really fun and interesting to see them just go on with their lives. They love to gather and sing and give people a chance.
Also, the cities in Spain are very well connected with the rest of the world, and there is a strong cultural movement in cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Independent artists and filmmakers find in Spain the perfect place to develop their work. The main Spanish cities are always interesting, with something going on all the time.
Whatever the reason may be, the truth is that, according to official figures, in Britton 2 million emigrated to the EU and now, 1 million British people live in Spain.. Therefore, this is definitely a place you might want to visit, at least once. If you find that you like it, who knows, maybe one day you could call Spain home.
It has become news lately for Britons that the British governments announces to discuss the exit of Britain from the EU in 2016. Of course, this has many implications on different areas of our lives, but for British expats in particular this possibility raises a lot of questions.
As EU regulations allow free transit for members through the EU countries, expat Britons could see their rights reduced if the UK leaves the Union. There is yet to determine what happens to the British expats if Britton leaves the EU, and the over one million who live in Spain, as well as the other million spreaded across the EU, are currently quite unsettled. While it would be exagerated to say that they would become illegal immigrants overnight, their situation would indeed change out of a sudden were it be that the Brexit was approved in the Parliament.
British expats are concerned about the possibility of being forced back to the UK. Not only have many of them found a home in other European countries, but those that are qualified state that they aren't likely to get a job back in the United Kingdom easily. This very situation is what pushed many of them abroad, anyway. So the future is uncertain for them.
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