I think Mark Wilding's view is more accurate than saying most Andalucians never leave their village. Very many of my neighbours have come back to live in Velez after having moved overseas to find work either in their younger days if they are now retired, or because their parents did so if they are nearer my age. The elderly couple we bought our house from had lived and worked in France for many years. An old chap across the street worked in Germany for years, and a Spanish friend of mine who lives nearby came back here from Switzerland 3 years ago, she moved there with her parents when she was 10. Others have come back to Andalucia after they or their parents went to other parts of Spain to work, Barcelona, Madrid, etc.peteroldracer wrote:Two points: firstly, you do not live in Andalucia, and are frequently at pains to go on about things not applying to "all of Spain". This is an Andalucia forum.markwilding wrote: Many Andalucians do join the Police..
Secondly, as far as I understand it only Spanish citizens may join the police and armed forces, thus ruling out virtually all ex-pat residents.
My Spanish teacher, a young woman in her early '30s, has a sister living in Amsterdam. The young man I did an intercambio with for 6 months was learning English not for work (he had a thriving carpentry business) but because he liked to travel abroad for holidays, to the USA especially.
If you take the trouble to speak to people and ask about their lives, instead of making assumptions, you might be surprised at the life experience many people here have had.