Immigration in Barcelona is not mostly foreign with only 27 percent of people who applied for residence in the Catalan capital being from outside Spain (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). According to the Statistic department of the Ayuntamiento, 40,000 people, newly recorded in the 2009 municipal census, came from other municipalities in Catalunya, whilst only 17,000 came from other regions in Spain. The department have released a study that shows the city demographic during the last twenty years, which reveals that during 2009, 89,594 people arrived in Barcelona whilst only 59,570 people left. Over 40 percent of immigrants who arrived in Barcelona in 2009, came from the rest of Catalunya, more than 12,000 joined the municipal census of Barcelona after leaving other cities in the Barcelona region - ie. l'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Badalona, Santa Coloma and Sant Adrià. The flow of residents is particularly strong between l'Hospitalet settled in Barcelona and vice versa. The second largest exchange is between Barcelona and Badalona. The report also reveals moreover that the greatest migratory movements from or to the municipality of Barcelona are with young people. More than half of the 90,000 people who came to the city were between 20 and 35 years old.
Jewellers warn of increase in armed attacks just days after the murder of a jeweller in Sant Martí (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). Jewellers warn police that they suffer a burglary every two days and request a tough response to this increase. While the police are still trying to catch the two robbesrs who stabbed the jeweller from Sant Martí, the Colegio Oficial de Joyeros, Orfebres, Relojeros y Gemólogos de Cataluña reveal that there are incidents every two days in Catalunya and raised concerns about the level of violence and the increased use of firearms. In a recent report, it was revealed that there had been 112 assaults and robberies in Catalunya compared with 80 in the same period in 2009. The first violent robbery occured on the eve of Kings Day in 2010, in Carmel with the most shocking being the incident in 2005 when Francisco Sanchez and his nephew Juan Antonio Sanchez broke into the a jewellers in Castelldefels, left without taking anything but killed the couple who owned the business and their son with a machete. Damià Matamala, the president of the Colegio de Joyeros has called for a change in the legal framework and to end the "feeling of impunity" that has left, in his view, criminals willing to commit crime.
Jordi Hereu, mayor of Barcelona defends Itziar González, over the Ciutat Vella corruption scandal (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Hereu admitted he knew of the threats and coercions suffered by former councilman Itziar González and assured him that he has his personal support. Speaking in an interview with RAC1, the mayor also used the time to defend the councilman Roger Pallerols and Joan Albert Dalmau, who are both linked to the licensing of fradulent nightclubs in the Ciutat Vella. Asked over the reasons that led to González leaving office, Hereu referred to a "combination of many factors". Hereu conceeded that they have not maintained contact but had wanted to "recover" morally and stated that it is hard "to take forward a project in Ciutat Vella."