Foreigners drive population growth on Costa

Fecha Publicación: 
27 Abril 2012

Málaga province bucked the national trend which dropped by 0.7% last year

Costa del Sol News | Noticia

DESPITE the economic crisis, the foreign population of Málaga province grew by 2.6 per cent last year - six and a half times the growth of the Spanish population in the province, which was practically flat at 0.4 per cent.
he number of British residents in Málaga province jumped by 3.6 per cent, according to the provisional data released last week by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
Málaga province bucked the national trend, as the foreign population Spain-wide dropped by 0.7 per cent, the first time since 1998 that it has posted a decline. Between January 2011 and January 2102, Spain saw a net loss of 40,000 foreign residents while Málaga province gained 8,000.
The official figures contradict oft-cited anecdotal evidence of expats leaving the Costa and heading back home. However, because the INE numbers are based on municipal 'padrón' census data, the figures may not accurately reflect the coming or going of many non-registered residents.

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