CALVIA has the second largest population in the Balearics after Palma, with more inhabitants than Manacor, Inca, Ibiza, Mahon and Ciutadella.
This was revealed by Pere A Salva Tomas, geography professor at the Balearic University, who has been studying the immigration in Calvia in recent years.
In less than half a century, he said, Calvia has changed from a rural municipality with a population of 2'219 people, mainly engaged in farming, to a population of 46'853, according to the last census.
Farming has been abandoned to a great extent, and most of the inhabitants are now employed in the service sector (tourism).
The study shows that immigration has been a key factor in the growth of population. During the period 1996 to 2003, the population grew by 14'235 people, 86 percent of them foreigners.
According to Salvà, nearly 30 percent of the population is comprised of foreigners. In 1996 there were 3'748 foreign residents on the census, but in recent years, this has grown and it now stands at 13'628 persons.
More than 3'000 imigrants have been inscribed in the census in the past 12 months alone, he said.
The figures refer only to people on the town council census, but according to Salvà, this only reflects half the foreign population who live in the various parts of Calvia (Palma Nova, Magalluf, Santa Ponsa, Capdella, Paguera, Illetes) permanently or on a temporary basis.