In most political discussions people make statements about statistics which they think back up their argument, yet so often there is a discrepancy between the figures quoted, which may be based on personal experience or may be gleaned from the media, and the true facts.
For instance many people believe that whereas migrants from other EU countries are of working age and come to the UK to "steal our jobs" or "live on benefits", British people living in other EU countries are nearly all retired.
This is untrue.
The majority of British migrants living in Europe are of working age, even in Spain, the most popular EU country for UK citizens to settle in, new figures show.
The Office for National Statistics data contradicts the widely held belief that most Britons in Europe are pensioners sunning themselves in southern France or Spain. ONS figures show two-thirds of the 784,900 British citizens recorded as long-term residents in the EU, excluding the UK and Ireland, are aged between 15 and 64 and more of them live in Spain than any other country.
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