From January to November of 2007, some 150,000 Germans left home to pursue life elsewhere, German daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung on Wednesday citing figures from the Federal Statistics Office.
In 2006, about 155,000 Germans emigrated. That year the most popular destination was Switzerland, where 19,000 people relocated. The second most popular country was the United States, with 13,500 Germans making the transatlantic journey. Austria came in third with 9,400 people choosing to call it home.
Immigrants to Germany greatly outnumber the number of Germans who leave their country each year, though. From January to November about 647,000 people, the largest number of them from Poland at 136,000, moved to Germany.
Some 38,000 Romanians, 26,000 Americans, and 25,000 Turks also made the move to Germany.