Migrants’ Perception of Spain

The bad economic situation in their country perceived by the youth in Spain is one of the key triggers for emigration. Furthermore, the majority thinks that the situation is “very bad” or “bad”, in line with the hypothesis that young people living abroad rate the situation more negatively than residents in Spain. Similarly, the perspective on the economic future of Spain is rather pessimistic, as shown in the above graphs, almost all respondents think the situation will be worse or the same.

In general, the young migrants’ perception of the economic situation is very negative, not only the present situation but the possibility of improvement in the future. This is probably one of the main reasons at a structural level for their decision to go to another country, usually with the expectation of finding work. These subjective elements of perception of the future in Spain are vital when assessing their migratory project, both for those already abroad and for those who are still in Spain and are assessing the possibility of migration.

Datos recogidos de “The emigration of young Spaniards in the context of the crisis: Analysis and data of a phenomenon which is difficult to quantify”. April 2014

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