IMMIGRANT students make up 20.2 percent of the total students registered in the National Open University (UNED) in the Balearics for the academic year 2006-2007.

The majority live in Ibiza, followed by Majorca and to a lesser extent, Minorca. The figures point to an increase of eight percent in students from outside the European Union in comparison with the last academic year.

The figures were revealed yesterday by the Balearic director of UNED, Miguel Angel Vazquez, after signing an agreement with the Balearic Minister for Immigration and Cooperation, Encarnacion Pastor. These integration programmes are aimed at encouraging official recognition of studies done outside Spain and to make it easier for immigrants to have access to University degrees. According to Vazquez, a third of these immigrant students (72 percent) come from Latin American countries.