By Rund Abdelfatah
HUNDREDS of thousands of British expats worldwide are flocking to the UK for the 2012 Olympics, many coming from Spain.
Nearly 385,000 of the estimated 5.5 million British expats living abroad will return home in the coming weeks, 275,000 of whom have tickets to the London Games.
And the highest number of returning expats is from Spain.
A recent survey reported 21 per cent of British expats in Spain are returning home for the Olympics, compared to just six per cent of those living in the US and three per cent in Canada.
The explanation for this mass homecoming is a combination of patriotic zeal and general excitement.
“Britain is at the centre of the world stage. While there are many things that expats prefer about living overseas, many identify strongly with their home country,” explains Richard Musty, director of a major expat banking network.