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Growth in Germany’s foreign population driven by eastern Europeans

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Growth in Germany’s foreign population driven by eastern Europeans
Polish (far left) and Bulgarian (far right) apprentices in Chemnitz. Photo: DPA
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Last year the growth in Germany's foreign population was partly due to a significant increase in immigration from EU countries, particularly eastern European states, according to the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis).

By the end of 2017, figures from the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR) showed that 10.6 million foreigners (people who only hold a foreign passport) were registered in Germany.

In spite of the population of foreigners in the Bundesrepublik increasing by 5.8 percent since 2016, from 10 million to 10.6 million, this is now the same growth level the country held in 2013 before the refugee influx took place.

The number of immigrants from non-EU countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan notably declined in 2017 compared to the previous year.

On the other hand the proportion of people in Germany from eastern Europe has risen by 12.5 percent, new Destatis statistics show.

Net immigration has been driven predominantly by people from Poland (85,000) and Romania (85,000), followed by Bulgaria (45,000). Since 2007, the population of Polish, Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants has grown from 919,000 to 2.6 million by the end of last year.

The development in immigration numbers over the last decade illustrates the increasing importance of migration to Germany from new EU member states, according to Destatis.

Last year net immigration of people from all EU member states amounted to 439,000.

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