Back to Brit: Retired British Migrants Returning from Spain

Jordi Giner, Kelly Hall, Charles Betty

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Since the seminal research of O’Reilly (2000) and King et al. (2000) about British citizens on the Costa del Sol there has been a surge in the publication of lifestyle migration papers, books and research. Nonetheless, there is a part of the lifestyle migration process that has been rarely explored: a return move to the country of origin following retirement migration. Research has indicated a broad increase in the number of older British returnees, yet there has been no substantive research on the topic. This paper therefore attempts to fill this gap by using Spanish registry data to examine the number of British retirees since 2009 who have returned to the UK. In addition, the results of an electronic survey to older British people in Spain are presented which suggest that considerable numbers of British citizens aged over 55 living in the Northern Costa Blanca are likely to return in the next few years. This data therefore indicates the relevance of return migration from Spain to the UK as a significant issue to the academic community as well as to British and Spanish policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Early online date4 Nov 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Nov 2015


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