German migrant population grows as more immigrants arrive

Migrants’ population higher than before according to German authorities

Immigrants in Germany have been multiplying since they started arriving into the country in masses since 2012, reaching a population of 10.9 million last year, according to figures cited by the Associated Press.

The statistics provided by The Federal Statistical Office show an increase by a million immigrants since 2012, and reached its peak within a decade.

Although most of the migrants are from different parts of the world, most of them migrated from countries within the European Union, with an estimated 620,000 migrants recorded as being European.

Poles, Romanians, Italians, Bulgarians and Hungarians are the most common arrivals in the country, with the number of Chinese, Syrian and Indian migrants increasing as well.

One fifth of the country’s population is comprised by first generation German-born children of immigrants who migrated to Germany during the 1950s - totalling 16.4 million people.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development told the BBC last year that the population growth is “a boom,” with 400,000 migrants reportedly having arrived in 2012.

"Immigrants are on average younger and the German population is on average older, so immigrants are welcome," said Dr Ingrid Tucci, from the German Institute for Economic Research.

"It's important to attract students and highly qualified people. So the government is making it easier for them, trying to invest and put a culture of welcome in place," he added.

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