You may or may not remember that I had told you about my little episode with a Chinese hairdresser in Manacor, earlier this year. Yesterday, I noticed that bang next door to that Chinese salon, another hairdresser has opened up shop. The new one is Moroccan. It seems to me that Moroccans as well as Chinese are the two nationalities that have actively increased their migration to Mallorca over the last few years. A the same time, it would appear that a large number of immigrants from other countries, and especially those with a background in South America, are in the process of returning to their country of origin.
A recently published study undertaken by the INE (Instituto Nacional de Estadística, National Statistics Institute) predicts a negative growth of the population in Spain, with a number of minus 34,193 being given for 2011. The decrease appears to be due to a reduced number of births as well as to more people leaving the country than are migrating to Spain from elsewhere. For Mallorca, a figure of 6,080 is given for an increase of residents in the Balearic islands in 2011, a number far smaller than over the last few years. It must all be down to La Crisis, otra vez.
The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 1st, 2011. The time was 11:37:25.