What were the consequences?

Economic problems

Some historians have blamed the subsequent economic collapse of the Spanish Eastern Mediterranean coast on the difficulty of replacing the Morisco workers. Many villages had been totally abandoned as a result of the expulsion and that is the reason why Aragonese and Valencian nobles, who had anticipated this, tried to keep their Moorish vassals. Now there were fewer labourers and they were not as familiar with local agricultural techniques.

In the Kingdom of Castille, by contrast, the impact of the expulsion of Moriscos was much less severe because they represented a much smaller percentage of the total population.