Increase in Spanish Migration to Panama

In 2012, 648 new residency permits were granted to Spanish citizens, approximately double that of 2007, when the number was 350.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Driven by the growing economic crisis in the Iberian Peninsula, more and more Spanish people are coming to try their luck in Panama, attracted by the opportunities offered by the economic growth the country is experiencing.

According to official figures, between 2001 and 2011, 21,808 residence permits were granted to Spanish citizens, while the country's consulate in Panama registered 10,200 residents.The same consulate recognizes that the actual number of residents could be significantly higher.

The migratory movement from Spain to Panama soared in 2007 and 2008, coinciding with the economic crisis, going from 1,966 migrants in 2006 to 2,636 in 2011.

Part of the appeal is in the amount of Spanish multinationals operating in Panama. "According to government records, 47 of the 90 large multinationals operating in the Panamanian economy are Spanish, taking advantage of the sustained annual growth in production of 10% and an unemployment rate of just 4.5%," reported the Spanish newspaper Elpais.com.



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More and more foreigners settle in Panama, requiring a wide range of different services.

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April 2009

Like Miami, Panama is a magnet for Latin Americans and Europeans, who in the past five years have come to the country to invest and work.

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