We speak of Spain as if it were a country that is densely populated, but the reality is that national immigration causes entire communities to empty out while others grow unchecked. This is how Spain would be if people did not move from their community of birth.
It is common to hear that Madrid there are many people and that in Barcelona it is impossible to rent a flat because they are all occupied. Instead, when we look 100 km away from these big cities we find almost empty towns and provinces.
It is in the nature of human beings to move from one place to another looking for a better future. We are nomads and it is in our DNA. For this reason, today we are going to show you what Spain would be like if people did not move from their autonomous communities of birth.
Yes, because those who are from Soria go to Madrid looking for a better job and those who live in Murcia think that in Barcelona they will have better job opportunities. Unfortunately, life is not always so simple, but it is usually fulfilled, which is why migration is one of the great challenges of our society today.
The map It has been carried out using data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) and what it uses is the data from the registration bank, so if someone has moved to another Autonomous community and has not registered, the system does not have it registered. It couldn’t be perfect.
Soria in the head and Madrid will surprise you
With data from January 2022, what the map that El Debate has prepared shows us is that Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the province from which people leave the least. Only 3.8% of its population has left the islands to seek their fortune elsewhere.
At the other end we have Soria, the province that suffers the most from depopulation and emigration. Specifically, we are talking about 51.90% of people who leave their place of birth to seek luck in other communities (or countries). This is more than half of its population.
Together with Soria we have Cuenca (51.32%) and Ávila (51.13%) as the second and third provinces with the largest native population outside its borders. These numbers are really worrying, since they lead to depopulation.
Then we have Madrid, which seems like an ideal destination to look for work and it is normal for it to have little movement of natives, but it is not like that. The province of Madrid has 16.08% of its born outside its borders. Barcelona only 13.96%.
As a last detail, the Spanish Levante must be a difficult place to leave, as Castellón, Valencia, Alicante and Murcia have very low emigration rates ranging from 9% to 13%. Things to have the beach nearby and an unbeatable climate. If you want to see how Spain looks in its entirety, here it is.