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Migration report: Less Germans more migrants

BERLIN. More and more Germans are leaving the country. According to the Federal Government's 2018 Migration Report, around 295,000 more Germans emigrated between 2016 and 2018 than came back. Accordingly, the number of emigrants has exceeded that of returnees since 1993. Taking into account the late repatriates, the migration balance was still positive until 2004.

The situation is different with the immigration balance of foreigners. In 2018, 460,000 more foreigners immigrated than emigrated. In 2017, 498,558 more foreigners immigrated than emigrated. In 2016 this figure was 635,308 people, in 2015 it was 1,156,962. While the migration balance was positive in almost all countries of origin and destination, only more Austrians and Swiss returned to their home country than new immigrants.

More foreigners, more births
Accordingly, the number of Germans of origin decreases from year to year. In 2005 there were 66.4 million. In 2018, 60.8 million people without a migration background still lived in the Federal Republic. The age structure is particularly striking. In 2018, almost 5.6 million Germans without a migration background were registered among the group of 50-55 year olds. The 25-30 year olds had 3.4 million and the 0-5 year olds 2.2 million.

According to the study, the slight increase in the birth rate that has been observed since 2015 is also due to babies without German citizenship. Of the approximately 788,000 newborns, 683,000 were German and almost 105,000 were foreign nationals last year.

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