What is the most popular country for UK nationals living in the EU?

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Here at Manzanares Lawyers, we have helped plenty of people from all around the world to become legal residents in Spain – including many UK nationals.

We have also discussed the countless benefits of moving to Spain here on our blog, backed up by the numbers of foreigners flocking to Spain for work, education, or retirement.

So, with Spain being a top country for remote workers and home to the best cities for expats in the world, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that Spain is also the number one choice for Brits residing in the EU!

 

How many Brits live in Spain?

The latest figures from Eurostat, published in November 2023, reveal that 858,000 Brits held residency permits to live in an EU member state at the end of 2022 – and 412,000 of these UK nationals were residing in Spain.

Not only are almost half of all Brits residing in the EU living in Spain, but there are also over 2.5 times more UK nationals residing in Spain than in neighbouring France, and more than 4 times as many in Spain as in the Netherlands.

According to the INE (Instituto Nacional de Estadística), despite the number of UK residents in Spain slightly decreasing between 2022 and 2023, the UK was still one of the top 5 nationalities living in Spain – and the third most popular non-EU nationality, behind Romania and Italy.

This contributes to the 6 million foreigners in Spain who pushed the country’s total population over 48 million for the first time ever, as per the INE’s population census.

 

Moving to Spain as a UK national?

Whatever the reason may be, immigrating to another country – for any length of time – can be just as stressful and confusing to prepare for as it is exciting and enriching once you get there.

The less fun side of things involves making sure you have all your paperwork in order and that you get the right visa for your circumstances, whether it’s for working or studying, or simply living in Spain without participating in economic activity there.

That’s why it can be a great idea to get help from English-speaking Spain immigration lawyers, like Manzanares Abogados.

Based in Marbella, with offices in Alhaurín and Ibiza, our knowledge of local and national laws and customs in Spain can ensure that this significant life change goes smoothly for you.

To get started discussing anything from Spanish visa applications to buying or selling property in Spain, contact our team by emailing your enquiry to clientservices@manzanareslawyers.com, and we will get back in touch as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can call us in Marbella, Alhaurín el Grande, or Ibiza – feel free to ring one of our offices to speak to us over the phone and arrange a no-obligation consultation.

 

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