With over 266,000 unemployed in the Canary Islands right now, losing your job in the Canary Islands has become an all too common story, but the disaster is even greater in the case of working age immigrants, who depend on an employment contract to be considered legal in Spain.
Last year 25,996 non-EU foreigners lost their registration certificate or residence card in the Islands, most of them Latin Americans and Africans.
According to statistics just published which cover up to December 31st 2013, of the 100,707 non-EU residence permits in force in 2012, 74,711 have been revoked, more than a 30 per cent decline.
The situation has not affected EU nationals in the same way, as at December 31, 2013 there were 254,707 properly registered foreigners in the Canary Islands, of which 179,996 were from EU countries.
It seems easier for EU citizens of working age without a job to become self employed or prove private means of support and provide their own health care if they do not have access to state health care.
The figures show the number of EU foreigners with residence permits has grown in the Canaries by more than 2,700 people in just 12 months, Tenerife (90,499) Las Palmas (89,497), with most of them in the South.
The number of foreign students enrolled in schools in the Archipelago has also decreased dropping by 4.5% in the last year over the previous year, representing a loss of more than 1,500 students.
According to the Ministry of Education during the 2013-14 school year in the Canary Islands 31,697 students from abroad studied here compared with the 33,213 who did the previous year.