A quarter of the population in Germany has a migrant background

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A quarter of the population in Germany has a migrant background

It was reported that the number of people with a migrant background in Germany increased by 2 percent in 2021 compared to the previous year and reached 22 million 300 thousand.

A quarter of the population in Germany has a migrant background

The census Mikrozensus of the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced that 22 million 300 thousand people, equivalent to 27.2 percent of the population in Germany as of 2021, have a migrant background. In 2020, this figure was recorded as 21.9 million.

A quarter of the population has a migrant background

While the number of people with a migrant background in Germany increased by 2 percent last year compared to 2020, the fact that a quarter of the population has a migrant background drew attention.

In the country, the term “migrant background” (Alm. Migrationshintergrund) is used to describe individuals who were not born German or whose parents are not German by birth.

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While 53 percent of the population with a migrant background (approximately 11 million 800 thousand) will have German citizenship in 2021, 47 percent have a foreign citizenship.

Eighty-four percent of people with a migration background living in Germany have migrated to Germany themselves, while 43 percent of those with a migration background who have acquired German citizenship have migrated to Germany themselves.

Distribution of Migrant Population by Continents

While 62 percent (13,900,000) of all immigrants (13,900,000) are immigrants from a European country, their children or grandchildren, 7,500,000 of these European immigrants come from European Union member states.

Of all immigrants, 5.1 million are Asians, 3.5 million from the Middle East and 1.1 million from Africa.

Some 700,000 migrants came from North, Central or South America and Australia, Destatis reported.

People of Turkish Origin Ranked First

Turkey ranks first in the list of countries of origin of the immigrants living in Germany with 12 percent, followed by Poland with 10 percent. Poland was followed by Russia and Kazakhstan with 6 percent and Syria with 5 percent.

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It was also noteworthy that 1 percent of people with a migrant background living in Germany in 2021, i.e. 308 thousand, were Ukrainians. The vast majority of these (82 percent) are self-migrants.

Destatis said that due to the recent influx of refugees, the number of Ukrainians with a migrant background will increase significantly in the future.

Destatis said that about one third (7,200,000) of all immigrants (7,200,000) speak only German at home, while the most spoken languages other than German are Turkish (8 percent), Russian (7 percent) and Arabic (5 percent).

In Germany, the most populous member of the European Union (EU), the population remained at the 83.2 million figure recorded at the end of last year, 2019 and 2020, when the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic was effective.

Salih Demir

Salih Demir lives in Germany. He is interested in politics and economy. Germany editor of -ancient idea- fikrikadim.com

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