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Expats in Costa Blanca, Spain

The number of expat pensioners now make up 23% of elderly population of the province of Alicante

According to a recent report published by the Instituto de Mayores y Servicios Sociales (Imserso) entitled ‘The elderly in Spain 2008’ the number of foreign pensioners over 65 years old living in the province of Alicante has risen by 16,536 over the last 2 years and is still increasing.

In accordance with these figures the province of Alicante has the highest concentration of foreigners over the age of 65 compared to the rest of Spain. In fact there are now 70,000 foreigners over the age of 65 living in this province and this group now makes up 31.4% of the total population of elderly foreigners living in Spain. In 2006 the number of foreigners over the age of 65 years old was 53,536 in Alicante and constituted 29.8% of the population of elderly foreigners living in Spain according to figures for the same report.

In addition the foreign population reached 23% of the total population of elderly people in the province of Alicante which means that one out of every four elderly people in the province is a foreigner while two years ago this proportion was one in every five at just 19% of the total population of elderly. Out of the total number of foreigners living in the province of Alicante those aged 65 years old or over account for 17% of this group.

The figures for Alicante are the highest for the whole of Spain. Malaga is the second most popular province with elderly foreigners who make up 13.9% of the population – less than half the figure for Alicante.

Although the number of foreigners aged 65 years old or more represents just 3% of the total number of elderly people living in Spain (7.

5 million) in many municipalities elderly foreigners account for more than 80% of the elderly people in that municipality.

The report mentions in particular Calpe, San Fulgencio, Alfaz del Pi and Teulada, where four out of every five elderly people are foreigners and says that in absolute terms Torrevieja has the highest number of foreigners 65 years old or over with a total of 10,066.

Out of the 70,027 foreigners over 65 years old living in the province of Alicante 68,036 are European, with 61,430 from the EU – the British population is the highest with 31,271 people followed by Germans (13,530), people from The Low Countries (4,623), Belgians (3,841) and the French (2,609).

Foreign elderly people living in the province also live close together according to their nationalities with the British residing mainly in the municipalities of Alfaz del Pi, Calpe, Torrevieja and Teulada and the Germans in Altea, Benissa, Dénia and La Nucía.