One-quarter of Berliners have foreign roots

Every fourth Berlin resident has foreign roots, according to a new survey released by the state's statistics office on Tuesday.

Of the capital city’s 3.35 million residents, 863,500 have “immigration background,” the city-state’s immigration and integration official, Günter Piening, said in a statement. This 25.7 percent includes foreigners, naturalized Germans, and their children.

The city’s central Mitte district has the highest proportion of residents with foreign background with 44 percent. The Neukölln and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg districts are follow closely with 38.7 percent and 36.6 percent of residents boasting non-German heritage. In these three districts, a surprising 60 percent of children under age 18 are part of immigrant families.

Piening called the new statistics an “integration politics milestone,” that will encourage better integration policy in the future.