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Foreign population increase bucks downward trend

The Local · 31 Mar 2011, 11:17

Published: 31 Mar 2011 11:17 GMT+02:00

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At the end of 2010, some 6.75 million people with passports from abroad resided in Germany, up by about 58,800 from increased immigration, a statement said.

The new data changes the slightly downward trend of the previous five years.

“The increase resulted more from increased immigration than from a higher birth rate or a decrease in emigration,” the statement said.

The number of Turks, Germany’s largest group of foreigners, shrank by almost 29,000. Nevertheless, every fourth foreigner in Germany holds a Turkish passport, the statement said.

Their numbers continue to drop through gaining citizenship, leaving the country or mortality, Destatis said.

Germany was a popular new home for Romanians (21,600), Poles (20,900), and Bulgarians (13,000).

Of the foreigners living in Germany, 36 percent come from European Union members, and 29 percent are from EU candidates such as Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Fifteen percent came from the rest of Europe, and 12 percent came from Asia.

Africans and people from the Americas made up the smallest immigrant groups with four and three percent respectively.

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In total, 188 of the 192 United Nations member states are represented by residents on the Central Register for Foreigners, the statement said.

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Your comments about this article

12:46 March 31, 2011 by sambatyon
So, there are no inmigrants from latin america? or did you made a mistake and reprsent a whole continent with just North Americans?
13:35 March 31, 2011 by michael4096
36+29+15+12+4+3 = 99%
13:45 March 31, 2011 by freechoice
search for ich bin auslander on YouTube!

you will be entertained!
13:53 March 31, 2011 by yasirniazkhan
What is "rest of Europe" apart from EU members and EU candidates? 15% come from here.
15:23 March 31, 2011 by ngwanem
the missing 1% is probably for the smuggled unregistered persons :)
19:35 March 31, 2011 by Gretl
sambatyon - "las Americas" significan el norte y el sul.
19:41 March 31, 2011 by xx.weirich.xx
@ sambatyon

"Africans and people from the Americas made up the smallest immigrant groups with four and three percent respectively."

"The Americas" refers to both North and South America. Latin Americans are included in there...
21:38 March 31, 2011 by t-meister
Are there any Cubans in Germany? just a random question....
22:06 March 31, 2011 by OkieinBerlin
Sambatyon, another funny thing about Germans (maybe all Europeans) is their tendency to consider South and North America together as one continent -- at the same time that they deem Europe a distinct continent from Asia. Go figure!
00:53 April 1, 2011 by zio
Well although the amount of Turkish citizens is decreasing it should be realised that the majority of Bulgarian citizens who are emigrating to Germany are ethnic Turks who are employed in kebab shops as well as other Turkish-owned business. There is also a significant Romanian-Turkish community who have started to move to the EU since they became EU citizens.
06:02 April 1, 2011 by Ludinwolf
i know that there are plenty of south americans living in germany. Plenty of portuguese. I know many brazilians too.
14:13 April 1, 2011 by fryintl
Ludinwolf: Portugese are not Suoth Americans, They are, hard to believe since Europe seems to stop (culturally) at teh Pyranees...

Well at least you don't have between 12 and 20 Million Illegal Aliens from Mexico or below...think about the damage that would do to you in Europe.
13:45 April 3, 2011 by Englishted
I would like to know how many Russian/Germans came ?.

I hear 6 million could but do know if thats true where would that information come from?
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