"In the past thirty years, the Balearic population has increased by just over 70% to 1.21 million."

"In the past thirty years, the Balearic population has increased by just over 70% to 1.21 million."

05-02-2020R.L.

Teresa Ribera is Spain’s minister for ecological transition and the demographic challenge. New age ministerial titles have been adopted for the present and future day. It is no longer adequate to simply refer to the environment. Ecological transition is a broader concept for sustainability.

Until now, the demographic part of her portfolio (population challenge, if you prefer) has appeared to be secondary. But it is intimately linked to ecological transition and is currently being given a thorough airing. The secretary general for the democratic challenge, Francesc Boya, has been in Palma for talks with Balearic ministers who represent different aspects of this challenge - Rosario Sánchez (finance) and Miquel Mir (environment).

There is much talk about depopulation in parts of the mainland. In the Balearics, the opposite applies. The talk is of overpopulation, which brings with it the specific challenges that Sánchez and Mir are concerned with but that also applies to various other ministers, such as Josep Marí (housing) and Iago Negueruela (tourism). The floating population of tourists and seasonal workers is a key overpopulation issue.

In the past thirty years, the Balearic population has increased by just over 70% to 1.21 million. At its summer peak, the floating population has in recent years increased the number of people by over 80%. The strains are great, and they are only likely to get greater. So where is the focus? Step forward, Sr. Negueruela (economic model as well as tourism). Boya has said that the “tourism monoculture” has to be tackled.

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Joan / Hace 6 months

The Balearics should be like the USA, - no investment or sponsorship - maximum 90 days stay, - with the same strong passport control. We have enough over-population from the mainlanders, without foreigners....

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John Law / Hace 6 months

Exactly, speaking of Mallorca, there are too many people and too many cars on the island, and it cannot continue at this rate. Furthermore the majority of immigramts are totally unskilled people simply looking for work, with no money to invest and complaining that they cannot afford to live here. We could do with around 200,000 less of them here, as Mallorca does not owe them a living, as they are inclined to believe. The Balearics, and Ibiza, are privileged places to live, superior to many places, so it's illogical to imagine that it would be a cheap place to live. A fact of life, if they can't find work as foreigners, they know where the airport is....

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