So the only way to get them to willingly leave is to impoverish the nation.
Foreigners abandon Spain over lack of jobs
Published: 22 Apr 2015 08:44 GMT+02:00
There were a total of 4,718,864 foreigners registered in Spain as of January 1st, 2015, a 6.1 percent decline over the same period a year ago, according to preliminary figures from the National Statistics Institute.
The biggest falls in percentage terms were among immigrants from Spain’s former colonies in Latin America.
The number of Peruvians living in Spain plunged by 21.3 percent to 71,045, the number of Ecuadorians dropped by 19.5 percent to 176,247 while the number of Colombians fell by 17 percent to 150,956.
Romanians and Moroccans are the two largest groups of immigrants in Spain but their numbers shrunk as well last year.
The number of British nationals registered in Spain fell by 6.0 percent to 282,120.
Foreigners have been especially hard-hit by Spain’s economic downturn, sparked by the collapse of the labour-intensive property boom in 2008.