MADRID – The number of Spaniards who left their country, hit hard by the crisis, jumped more than 44 percent in the first half of 2012, compared to the same period last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the national Statistics Institute.
Based on these estimates based on the municipal census, 40,625 Spaniards emigrated between January and late June, against 28,162 last year.
In total, 269,515 people left the country over the last six months, which 228 890 were foreigners.
Spain is in recession with an unemployment rate of nearly 25 percent. Spain’s population increased by nearly a fifth to 47 million over the last decade before the start of the financial crisis in 2008, dropping to 46 million today.