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RECENT reports show that the foreign population of the Balearic Islands represents 8.18 percent of the total number of the region's inhabitants.
Figures released by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) confirm that in 2001 foreigners in the Islands numbered 68'826 as part of an overall total of 841'669 residents.

The information, is contained in a report on Spain's foreign population as part of a wider study by INE on “Social Factors in Spain 2003”. It reveals that the largest single group of the foreign population at the time of the study were people from Germany who numbered 12'348.

Other most numerous nationalities listed were the British, with 7'944 residents; Moroccans, 7'335; Ecuadorians, 5'817; Colombians, 5'220; Argentinians, 3'932; French, 3'108; and Italians, 3'040.

In 2001, citizens from the then 15 member states of the European Union residing on the Islands numbered 31'331, 3.72 percent of the population; while other foreign nationalities totalled 37'495, some 4.45 percent.

At the time of the census, foreigners resident in the Balearics comprised 4.38 percent of the 1'572'017 registered in Spain.

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