I left my homeland to seek my fortune elsewhere and I think I’m probably a more rounded person because of it. We should be grateful that the world we live in allows us the opportunity to travel around a bit should we wish to, or perhaps because we have to.
Or does migration benefit the country left behind? If we look at the recent Indian and Chinese examples, there might be some truth in it, those countries are now at the top of the pile.
And Poland isn’t doing too badly either, despite the millions who left to work elsewhere.
It may not be ideal, but to find work now you often either have to move to get it, or compete against everyone on the web. Relying on increased trade or tourism just because it was successful in the past, will not work – you have to work to get the increased numbers of Russians, or get even more footfall in the fashion stores. I happen to believe that the Spanish will rise to the challenge – mainly because they have to.
The truth is we are operating in a global market – and the skills learnt by Spanish abroad, if only language ones and networking, will enable Spanish companies in future to compete on that global market. Indeed they are already doing – here’s a video with a lot of optimism – exports grew 18% in April compared with the previous year.