Six months to analyze the population balance in the Canary Islands

Luis Campos (NC), Luz Reverón (PP) and Manuel Marrero (Yes We Can) lead the table in Parliament. / EFE

The Parliament constitutes the study commission to address the demographic challenge on the islands and conclude the viability of its growth

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The parliamentary commission to study the demographic challenge and population balance in the Canary Islands was set up this Thursday with the aim of reaching a conclusion within six months, for which it will be necessary to make a diagnosis.

A commission that
Luis Campos will presidefrom Nueva Canarias, while
light reveronof the PP, will be vice president and
Manuel Marreroof Sí Podemos Canarias will be the secretary, and that it will have its next meeting on October 20, when they will present proposals from experts to talk about the population situation on the islands.

The spokesman for the Nationalist group (CC-PNC-AHI),
Jose Miguel Barraganwho delivered a document to the members of the commission in which he suggests what objectives should define the work, has declared that the first thing that must be done is a diagnosis that includes issues such as aging and depopulation.

But also talk about
emigration, immigration, floating population and the repercussions that the movements of people have on basic infrastructures, adding that adaptation to climate change should also be discussed.

In the opinion of José Miguel Barragán, if the commission says that a population strategy must be adopted, the following questions will have to be answered:

  • what quality of life is intended

  • what environmental quality is desired

  • what model of economic development will be sought

He also recalled that the situation is not the same in the so-called green islands (La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro) as in the rest.

Is continuing to grow sustainable?

The spokesperson for the Popular group,
Maria Australia Navarrohas indicated that his formation will study the document presented by CC and has added that all the deputies are moved by the interest of responding to such an important issue that affects many municipalities on the island.

Navarro has said that in the commission they will have to talk about both the
aging of the population as d
and maternity aidso you will have to listen to the experts and analyze the documentation that exists regarding the demographic challenge.

The spokesperson for Sí Podemos Canarias,
Manuel Marrerocommented that since their formation they have participated "without a priori" in the search for a solution to problems.

They are also part of this commission
Manuel Abrante, Iñaki Laundry (PSOE),
Narvay Quintero (CC-PNC-AHI),
Vidina Hawthorn (Mixed) and
Casimir Curbelo (ASG).

key data

  • 292.
    Canarias is the third autonomous community in number of inhabitants per square kilometer, only below the Community of Madrid (845) and the Basque Country (307).

  • Above average.
    If the evolution is compared, the data is also relevant: in the last two decades the islands grew by 26.7% compared to 17% for the State as a whole, a difference of almost 10 points.

  • 2050.
    If the current rate is maintained, the European statistical office, Eurostat, estimates that the population of the islands will reach 2.6 million people by mid-century, 400,000 more than now.

  • concentrated in the capitals.
    80% of the population of the islands resides on the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife. If you look at the two capitals, the population density shoots up to more than 3,700 people per square kilometer in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and 1,400 in the case of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

uneven growth

A body that has been set up after last June the president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced in the plenary session of Parliament the constitution of a commission that would study the demographic challenge in the Archipelago, and that would analyze, among other aspects,
if the increase in population entails a loss of Gross Domestic Product (PIB).

Ángel Víctor Torres responded in this way to a question from the parliamentary spokesman for the Agrupación Socialista Gomera, Casimiro Curbelo, who wanted to know the actions carried out by the Executive in order to achieve a better Canary Islands from the point of view of democratic values ​​and quality of life after 40 years of self-government.

The president stated that for years there has been a debate on the islands about a possible
super population in the Archipelago which is “real”, since in 1900 the Canary Islands had just over 300,000 inhabitants and today it exceeds 2.2 million.

Population growth has not been the same in all the islands, so that in
Lanzarote it has gone from 77,000 inhabitants in 1996 to 156,000 today, 102% more, and
Fuerteventura it has 180% more population, so it has multiplied by three.

Nevertheless,
The Palm 25 years ago it had 81,500 inhabitants and in December 2021 it had 83,000, that is, it has only increased by 2%.