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Canary Islands: there is no room for more immigrants. The Canary Islands president warns that the economy cannot give solutions for more people.
The president of the Canary Islands, Paulino Rivero, asked last Sunday for a “calmed and scaremongering-free” debate to be held on the number of inhabitants in the archipelago, because in his opinion, the economy of the islands is unable to manage the population growth and reduce the unemployment
Paulino Rivero states in his blog that the figures speak “loud and clear” regarding the almost 180.000 foreigners who arrived in the last 10 years, and the 23.000 newcomers registered in 2011 due to migratory flows.
The population in the Canary islands has grown by 388.178 in almost 10 years, and the reality confirmed by the statistics “must force us to calmly reflect on the archipelago’s carrying capacity”, the president explains. He asks for carrying out an analysis on how many employments the Canary economy can create and to detect the impact of this unstoppable population increase in the islands and in the public service delivery
“I think it’s rather evident that the Canary Islands cannot grow indefinitely and expand without end, a demographic growth which began in 1960”, Rivero reflects on.
That is why he asks for a debate “with a mature approach and without delay” on the capacity of the islands to give solutions in terms of employment, healthcare and education to this kind of population growth.
“We should not brush away a debate by contaminating it with gratuitous and unjustified accusations of promoting attitudes of rejection towards people coming here. It is not about marginalizing those who are different, but about establishing certain limits allowing our economy to give jobs to all those who are now in need of it, and to offer a proper level of public service”, he explains.
He warns that it is very difficult to customize the public system of basic services to such a huge population growth, and he adds that above all, it is materially impossible for the Canary labor market to accept so many job seekers.
Paulino Rivero points out that it is not possible to “stand idly” nor make cuts to the funds for educational policies “just like the Popular Party did” by reducing from 42 to 10 million euros the funds for the Island’s Integral Employment Plan, thus leaving thousands of Canary Islanders in an unfair and unacceptably vulnerable position.