MORE than three quarters of adolescent expats integrate into Spanish life without any problems, according to a report.
The study, based on 7,000 children aged between 12 and 17, measured signs of failing to adjust such as leaving school or home, unemployment, going to jail or young pregnancies.
A massive 78.4% of the so-called ‘second generation’ immigrants – children of expats – registered no such incidents, while only 4.3% registered two or more.
Rosa Aparicio, the university professor behind the Obra Social ‘La Caixa’ study, stressed that child expats feel far less discriminated against than their parents, and find it easy to integrate with local children.
“The data shows a positive adaptation process and a psychological and cultural convergence between children of immigrants and children of natives,” she said.