The Balearics are one of seven autonomous regions which account for 83 per cent of Spain's immigrant population. The Balearics, along with Catalonia, Madrid, Andalucía, Valencia, the Canaries and Murcia also account for 84 per cent of the immigrant student population, while the seven regions are home to only 67 per cent of the Spanish population. The figures were produced yesterday by the CC.OO union, which is concerned about the growing in balance in education in Spain. The union also states in a report that 20'000 pupils, children of immigrants, “are not controlled by the Home Office, which means that they are living in Spain illegally.” Over the past ten years the number of foreign pupils has multiplied by five and the union's education and immigration representatives want measures taken to make sure that all immigrant pupils are recognised by the Home Office, that their presence in Spain is official and therefore they are entitled to all the benefits and rights of their fellow Spanish students.

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