Staff Reporter
THE Leader of the Balearic Government, Jaume Matas, thinks that there should be a change in the island's financing from the central government, due to the overwhelming fact that there are now more foreigners than ever living in the Balearics, raising the total population to almost 1 million people.

Foreigners account for 15 percent of the total population on the islands and Matas said that financing for the health and education services are “tightly linked” to population increases.

He added that the original financing model “has changed considerably” since the arrival of more and more residents on the islands, and so therefore needs to be adapted to the current reality.

In the view of the President of the Council of Majorca, Maria Antonia Munar, she thinks that the arrival of more foreigners means “the collapse of basic services, like health and education”, which forces the government departments to get on with building new infrastructures. The same people that are asking us to give legal papers to all and work for all, are the same people that tell us not to increase the population more and to carry on with building infrastructures”, Maria Antonia Munar said. “This is impossible, we would need miracles, and we are capable of coming up with sensible policies, but not miracles. Because at the end of the day all these new residents want more houses and more roads”, Maria Antonia Munar added.

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