The Spanish community residing in Edinburgh, which has been increasing in the last years, constitutes an important part of the population of the city. Unemployment has continued to rise in Spain since the credit crunch and the ensuing economic crisis. During the crisis, the UK has continued to remain a privileged destination for Spanish immigrants. There has been a steep increase of 50% of Spanish immigrants’ arrivals in the 2012-2013 period compared to the previous period 2011-2012, making it the second largest foreign nationality in terms of NINo application, after the Polish (NPS, 2013).
In 2013-2014 three Spanish researchers were commissioned by ALP to carry out extensive research into the experiences and needs of the Spanish community in Edinburgh. As a consequence they developed a very detailed (103 page) report analysing the integration of Spanish residents in the city of Edinburgh since 2011 and indicating possible interventions that could be made to improve this situation.