AN Alicante newspaper recently wrote about British residents. It quoted claims from ‘various sources’ that despite being home to tens of thousands of Britons only 10 per cent are integrated into local society.
“The rest live in an archipelago of settlements where the foreigners speak Spanish, where shops display prices in pounds sterling and all services – from plumbers to legal advisers – are advertised and conducted in English.”
Curiosity aroused, the Euro Weekly News asked around amongst long-term expats if they agreed.
“It depends where you go,” said Angela Bruce from Altea after a moment’s reflection. “I’ve never come across it myself. But I’ve lived here a long time and have Spanish friends.”
She reads the Spanish press along with morning coffee in her favourite Spanish-owned bar and saw the article. As she and other expats who read or heard about it pointed out, the views of Spanish bureaucracy were inaccurate.