The INE statistics are useless for finding out exactly how many people have gone, but they are useful for pointing out a trend: the number of people leaving with each passing year of crisis is getting higher and higher. Just in the first half of 2013, not included in the chart above because it wasn’t the final data for the year, the INE estimates that 259,227 inhabitants have left, 39,690 of which are Spanish and 219,537 foreigners.
The migratory balance, i.e. the difference between the people who leave and the people who come – because yes, there are still people who are coming, is 2,162,442 compared to 2,186,795 who have left – has been negative since 2008, and every year the number gets worse. In 2012 it was 142,552, and in the first six months of 2013 the figure already stood at 124,915.