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The Latin Americans Who Relocate to Spain

Published October 12, 2021 in Personal Stories & Opinions - 4 Comments

When I was living in a Colombian city called Barranquilla, I remember seeing a few times this Venezuelan chick named Rosa.

We never dated formally but we fucked around a bit and had plenty of chemistry too.

Still, as I wrote here, I later found out she was taken already by some Venezuelan dude despite us fucking.

Before I found out though that she already had a dude in her life, I remember sitting down with her at some mall in Barranquilla.

I remember us sitting down somewhere outside a movie theater where we were going to see some movie.

And we were just basically talking about life in general.

She was asking questions about my future and life in general.

And I asked her what plans she has going forward in her life.

In which she told me that she has plans to go to Spain eventually.


To pursue graduate studies in psychology if I remember right.

And how, in her words, Spain has better opportunity for her than Colombia in the long run.

Overall, it’d be a better move for her in the long run both career and living situation wise.

After I learned that she had another dude, I stopped hanging out with her so I don’t know if she is in Spain as of right now.

However, that was the first time I ever came across a Latino who wanted to relocate to Spain.

It’s a minor topic to discuss but something I have noticed where you do have certain countries that Latinos prefer relocating to.

Being from the US, we obviously have plenty to say on the matter given the amount of legal and illegal immigration we get from Latin America.

And I believe Canada gets some of that also.

Both countries being places of relocation for Latinos.

Still, being from the US, I never gave much thought to Latinos wanting to relocate to Spain until I began living in Latin America.

Mostly because your average dude from Iowa doesn’t give a fuck if some people from Latin America want to move to Spain or not.

And also because, to us folks from the US, we don’t usually aspire to live in the UK or Ireland where plenty of Americans have ancestors from way back.

Not all of them anyway but plenty do.

Still, the living situation and motivations of your average dude from Iowa is going to be different obviously than some chick from Venezuela.

And, over the years, I have met the rare occasional Latino who has expressed interest in moving to Spain.

Not that many to be honest but a few from time to time.

So I can’t say that I’m an expert on what drives the motivations to relocate to Spain but I’ve noticed some patterns.

Let’s get into it.

Similar Language

This is the most obvious one, isn’t it?

Similar language.

As a Latino who isn’t from Brazil, you don’t have to learn a new language to move to Spain.

Granted, you might get pissed off at the Spanish accent like this Chilean dude here.

Chileno enojado por los subtitulos de espana

And that’s understandable – what the fuck are Spanish people saying when they speak?

The lisp?!?!


Regardless of the different accent, you have that similar language that is seen as beneficial for Latinos looking to relocate outside of their home country.

Better Opportunities?

As we saw in the case of Rosa, some are motivated by better opportunities!

Granted, being from Venezuela, quite a few countries might offer better opportunities back then.

And Colombia is an improvement in many ways.

But it’s not just Venezuelans like Rosa who sees Spain as a better shot for improvement in life.

In Mexico, I remember some dude who was studying “international business” that I met when I lived in Roma Norte about 8 months ago more or less.

He was thinking of moving to Spain for better work opportunities!

And he wasn’t poor whatsoever.

Studying international business, I guess he saw opportunities along those lines of pursuing some career in another country like Spain.

He also was very interested, like other Mexicans, in learning English.

So, for all we know, he might end up in the US also.

But, at least from what I remember, he felt that Spain was also a logical option to pursue someday for career advancement when he finished his studies.

Though there’s also another benefit to relocating to Spain that I’ve noticed among the comment sections of my articles.

Easy Access to Citizenship?

This was something that I never knew about before until I got some comments from a regular reader named Dazza about the possibility of getting citizenship in Spain.

Apparently, if you have citizenship in any Latin country, then you can quite easily get citizenship in Spain.

Pretty neat, isn’t it?

It makes sense anyhow.

My dad was born in Turkey and I can apparently get Turkish citizenship easily enough.

It’s something that I plan on looking deeper into to see if I can actually do it when I return to visit family in Iowa again in the future.

Anyway, let’s use a quote from Dazza here to explain more clearly the opportunity that exist for Latinos in Latin America in this article here:

“It would be quite churlish for me to hate the Spanish and the nation, even today, we get benefits other nationalities don’t get if we decide to go and live there – we get Spanish nationality within two years, we can join their armed forces – and my mother still calls it ‘La Madre Patria’ and feels at home when she is there – she loves Spain!”

“Sáquenme de Latinoamérica”

Finally, as I wrote here, you have some Latinos in Latin America who seem a bit “doomer ish” regarding Latin America.

They are typically millennials or Gen Zers who use that quote above “sáquenme de Latinoamérica.”

Where, for only some of them, there’s this sense of helplessness when it comes to how they describe life in Latin America.

That all is lost down here.

For those, there is an interest in moving out of Latin America to literally any part of the world.

Spain included.

Anything to Add?

 Honestly, these are all of the main observations that have come to mind as I think on this topic briefly.

I can’t recall anything else to mention when it comes to the motivations behind Latinos who wish to relocate to Spain.

Maybe some have family in Spain as of now?

I could see that.

I have a cousin whose mom is from Spain and she just finished some time living in Spain with family to return to Texas I think.

Not sure how common that is for Latinos in Latin America.

Outside of that? Can’t think of anything else to add.

But if you have anything to add, drop a comment below in the comment section.

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Enjoy this video on some dude relocating to Spain from Latin America.

Thanks for reading.

Best regards,



Dazza - October 16, 2021 Reply

I think with Mexicans and probably Dominicans – the US is right there and you don’t need English that much but with Peruvians, Argentinians, Uruguayans and there are a lot of Ecuadorians in Spain – it is a toss up what can offer better opportunities when it comes to down to it – both have their pluses and minuses.

A lot of Latinos in countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina etc have a Spanish grandparent where they can get citizenship without too much problems but a lot of it is language and now there are big communities of Latinos all over Spain. A lot of my mum’s side are in Spain but then a fair few of them are in the United States – you will earn more money in America but more opportunities to climb the career ladder in Spain if you have the skills to do so.

Getting Spanish citizenship is a huge one, it’s two years and that is one of my mid-to-long term plans for myself – interestingly enough, of all the Latin American countries with a community in Spain – Mexico has the smallest expat community over there and it is either Ecuador or Colombia has the biggest.

    Matt - October 16, 2021 Reply

    That’s a great comment. Should’ve included the bit about Mexicans and Dominicans. In that, I’d also throw in Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorians, Cubans and Puerto Ricans if I had to guess.

Dazza - October 16, 2021 Reply

There’s actually a good number of Cubans in Spain but the rest of who you mentioned will hotfoot it to The States than Spain – I don’t think there are too many Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorians or Puerto Ricans in Spain but they all have the same rights as the Argentines, Colombians etc. I should imagine the trip to America is far better for them than a trip to Spain regards logistics – especially for the Mexicans because it is right next door!

(Estimates 100000 Cubans in Spain, probably more though…)

(Interesting article!)

Dazza - October 16, 2021 Reply

This is interesting, about Begur in Catalonia – the townsfolk went to Cuba to make their money, came back – built Cuban style homes and celebrate their Cuban links every year.

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