Illegal Immigration

Nearly One Quarter of Germans Now Have a Foreign Background


New statistics show over one fifth of all those living in Germany, now originate from “migrant backgrounds,” and many are demanding more money and flexibility for the education system and labor market.

The German Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden reports the number of people living in Germany has set a new record in 2016 with 22.5% of people having a so-called “migrant background.” The main driving factor the agency found, has been both migration from other European countries, along with the massive influx of asylum seekers over the course of the migrant crisis.

The survey started in 2005, and each year, the increase in residents with foreign origins has averaged 8.5%, and 52% of individuals with immigrant roots were born in Germany.

Today, Germany has one of the highest migrant populations of any European nation, with 8.9 million German residents being born in a different country, and 18.5 million in total having a foreign background.

So where are these migrants coming from?

The largest non-European group in Germany is Turkish. The number of people from the Middle East that now live in Germany has increased by 51% over the last 5-years, and those originally from Africa have increased by 46%.

The German government has had a difficult time training new migrants from the Middle East and Africa. So difficult that some Germans have called for putting these migrants into special schools, which would ultimately set the German government back billions of euros per year.

The German Federal Employment Agency says last year, some 74% of migrants would likely only be able to work in low-skilled jobs, at a time when Germany has an issue filling skilled worker positions.

Where are these migrants going?

The region of North Rhine-Westphalia is home to 4.9 million with a migrant background, followed by Baden-Württemberg at 3.3 million, then Bavaria at 3 million.

The regions with the least number of migrants are German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s home region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia, all regions in which the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany party (AfD).

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