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Immigration boosts population in 2012

Published: 14 Jan 2013 15:25 GMT+01:00

Federal statistics office Destatis said that 82.0 million people were living in Germany at the end of 2012, compared to 81.8 million at the start.

"After eight years of decline, the population number has now risen for the second year in a row," commented Destatis.

At least 340,000 more people entered the country than left it in 2012, the statistics showed. This net immigration effect outweighed a high net death rate. During the year, there were between 660,000 and 680,000 births and between

860,000 and 880,000 deaths.

Like other advanced economies, Germany is facing a snowballing population crisis, leaving the country short of workers and adding to the strain on already stretched public coffers.

With one of the lowest birth rates in Europe, Germany, currently the European Union's most populous country, could see its population decline to between 65 and 70 million by 2060, Destatis has calculated.

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15:51 January 14, 2013 by raandy
The Universities are also experiencing an increase in foreign students, especially from China. This is not a real negative development .

I attended integration school some years back with a young Chinese guy, he spoke some English so I asked him why he chose Germany, "its the cheapest he said"

With an aging work force ,predicted shortages in skilled labor, these students from outside could help fill the gap.
17:05 January 14, 2013 by smart2012
boosting, booming, record: u keep using those words since one year. Just change them to "surviving", now it fits more the situation of germany...

and tomorrow ecxpecting a nice number from Germany....
17:56 January 14, 2013 by Englishted
There is no shortage of worker , (in some specialized fields maybe) ,but in general most jobs advertised around here (N.R.W.) at least are agency jobs ,€400 jobs ,mini-jobs ,or looking for early retired (cheap) workers .

So there is a shortage of full time realistically paid jobs would be a closer to the mark statement.
07:34 January 15, 2013 by wethepeople2012
Germany tells everyone that austerity is the answer....so they all come to Germany. Basically, they are themselves causing this wave of immigration.
11:43 January 15, 2013 by mitanni
@wethepeople2012 You say that as if it's a bad thing. That's actually the way economics works. The Euro and the Eurozone would be meaningless if members just kept spending and if people didn't move around.
13:22 January 15, 2013 by federicoscala
A lot of young people from southern Europe are moving to Germany, I was part of the wave when I moved 3 years ago. A lot of them will move back, when the economy will recover in their countries, because in Germany it's hard to feel really integrated and get a really well payed job. This kind of migration will not solve Germany's demographic problem and soon or later this will a major drama for the public finance...
15:33 January 15, 2013 by icedearth
Why do not Germans make babies?
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