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Foreign population increase bucks downward trend

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Foreign population increase bucks downward trend
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11:17 CEST+02:00
The number of foreigners living in Germany rose for the first time in five years in 2010, growing by about one percent, new data from the National Statistics Office (Destatis) revealed Thursday.

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.

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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