AN immigration watchdog in Spain announced yesterday that as at the end of June this year, over 170'000 foreigners in the Balearics were in possession of a resident's card or certificate - 89'419 of them men.

The year-on-year figures for overseas residents bearing an official card or certificate has grown by 11.45 percent (17'557 people) over the last twelve months. However, from another perspective, the figures imply a drop of 2.21 percent (3'870 people) in relation to the previous month, situating the Islands as the region of Spain with the third largest downturn in the number of its foreign population, following behind Andalucia and the Canary Islands.

In the Balearic Islands, there are 87'513 foreign residents who come from another Member State of the European Union; 41'349 have their origins in Latin American countries; 31'613 are from Africa;7'195 from Asia; 700 North Americans, and 118 from Australasian countries.


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