The British migration to Spain: an analysis of their history, motives and integration

Burnham, Alex (2014) The British migration to Spain: an analysis of their history, motives and integration. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This study examines the British population in Spain, in particular those that have immigrated to the south and south-easterly coastal regions of the country. Its purpose was to analyse the demographics, motives and lifestyle once arriving in the country. Based on migration theory, social integration theory, social studies and analysis, and journalistic articles regarding the subject of British migrants, this study reached various conclusions: Firstly the three main reasons behind this type of immigration; Lifestyle migration, business investment migration and those who go to work. This means there is not one age group that stands out as being the predominant one amongst this group of people moving to Spain. In addition, this study looked at reasoning why British people seem to accumulate in the same areas when choosing a location within Spain to move to. The reasons found were both historical, due to the construction and marketing of urbanisations in the past, and socio-economical, as British people have in the past and do now set up businesses that serve to provide a service to other English speakers in the area, which gives those living there the commodity of almost solely using their native tongue although in a different country. This led to one final conclusion regarding the integration of these people moving to Spain and how their lives are and could possibly be affected in the future due to social exclusion and non-registration as residents in the country.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45

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