Foreign Immigration and Tourism Development in Spain’s Balearic Islands

  • Pere A. Salvà-Tomàs
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The Balearic Islands, which are located in the mid-western part of the Mediterranean, are constituted of four larger islands and more than 150 islets. Their total area is 5,014 km2, 73% of which is accounted for by Mallorca, 14% by Menorca, 11% by Eivissa (Ibiza) and 2% by Formentera. From the 1950s, there has been rapid tourist development in the Balearics, and this has had important consequences for the landscape, economy and society of the islands. One of the most significant consequences has been the role of tourism in the emergence of large flows of immigrants, whose characteristics and geographical origin have changed substantially in the last forty years. Balearic society has been transformed from a rural-agrarian society, defined by important limitations in its spatial relations, to a urban society, which is service-based and characterised by high levels of mobility.


Labour Migrant Tourism Development Real Estate Market Construction Sector Balearic Island 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pere A. Salvà-Tomàs
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  1. 1.Departament de Ciències de la TerraUniversitat de les Illes Balears, Edifici Guillem Colom Casasnovas, Campus universitariPalma(Illes Balears)Spain

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