IMMIGRANT families spend an average of 22.7 per cent less money than Spanish families, says report.
A study carried out by the EAE Business School entitled ‘Immigrant Spanish homes’ has analysed the situation of said families, which amount to 10.15 per cent of the total.
The number of families whose main breadwinner is an immigrant has grown by 2.58 per cent between 2012 and 2013, while those families supported by a Spanish citizen have only grown by 0.48 per cent in the same period.
“The data has shown that this growth was not caused by a decrease of Spanish nationality families, as they have also registered an increase,” said representative of the EAE, Juan Aitor Lago.
In 2013, the fall in families’ expenditure reached 2.34 per cent, while that of immigrant families decreased by 13.04 per cent. One of the main reasons that could explain these results are that around 80 per cent of immigrant families has trouble making ends meet, while only 20 per cent of Spanish families experience this situation.
Immigrants spend an average of €7,473 per year, while national families spend around €11,175.
According to the study, immigrants spend 70 per cent of their income on paying rent, 32 per cent on groceries, 13 per cent on transports and 8.55 per cent on restaurants, figures that highly resemble those of Spanish families.
While the Spanish prefer buying homes rather than renting them (77.7 per cent versus 15.40 respectively), immigrants frequently chose the second (56.5 per cent versus 41 per cent).