Over 4,000 Spanish Nationals, 2,528 of whom were born in the Canary Islands, left to make a new life abroad in 2013.
Migration figures published yesterday by the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE) reveal that emigration increased last year and point to further growth this year, as provisional data referring to the first half of 2014 indicates that 2,398 Spanish, 1495 of them born in the archipelago have gone to other countries.
The migration from the Canaries of Spanish nationals increased by 43% in 2013, while the total volume of people-of any nationality-who left the region to settle abroad was even higher from 9,722 to 16,606 a 70 per cent increase on the previous year.
The exodus of Spanish nationals may be even higher than the figures reflected by the INE , since nationals who end up living in another country do not always register at consulates abroad, among other reasons because this process involves the instantaneous removal from their municipal register and thus, the loss of certain rights and advantages in their municipality of origin.
This surge of emigration has been accompanied by a further decline in permanent arrivals from outside.
In 2013 21,156 people from other countries settled in the Canary islands, nearly a thousand less than the year before.
This number includes 3,098 Spanish citizens from other areas, of which 1,221 were born in Spain.
In the first half of 2014 there were 11,335 immigrants, of which 1,501 are Spanish (573 of whom were born in Spain).
The Canary Islands is, in the first half of 2014, one of only three Spanish regions where the number of immigrants exceeds that of emigrants, with a difference of 4.275.
In the country as a whole, the emigration of the Spanish population increased by 15.5% in the first six months of 2014 compared to the previous 6 months.
Nearly 43,000 nationals left the country.
The population of the islands increased by 0.27 per cent, 5,690 more people,during the first six months of 2014, according to provisional data, released yesterday.
Although population growth is not nearly as pronounced as it was during the early years of the last decade, The Canary Islands are one of the few regions that has a net increase.