Refugee influx likely to have increased Germany's population

Germany’s population most likely increased to nearly 82 million due to great influx of refugees

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A fingerprint of a refugee is seen on a computer screen at the migrants registration center of the Patrick-Henry Village refugee center in Heidelberg, Germany January 28, 2016.

Germany's population likely increased by the largest amount in over two decades last year as an influx of refugees more than compensated for a rise in deaths, the Federal Statistics Office said on Friday.

The office estimated that the population climbed to 81.9 million in 2015, up from 81.2 million the year before. It was the biggest year-on-year rise since 1992.

In a breakdown of the numbers, the office said that at least 900,000 more people came to Germany last year than left. That more than offset the so called "birth deficit," the difference between the number of births and deaths, which was estimated at between 190,000 and 215,000.

This deficit was driven by a strong rise in deaths to between 905,000 and 930,000, compared to 868,000 in 2014. Births were estimated to have totalled between 705,000 and 730,000 last year.

Germany, Europe's most populous country and its largest economy, has borne the brunt of the continent's biggest refugee influx since World War Two. Some 1.1 million asylum seekers arrived in Germany in 2015, most of them fleeing war and poverty in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

TRTWorld, Reuters