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8.5% increase in the population with a migrant background

In 2016, the population with a migrant background reached a new record high for the fifth time in a row. Based on results of the microcensus, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that roughly 18.6 million people in Germany had a migrant background in 2016. This was a year-on-year rise of 8.5%, which was the highest increase since recording began in 2005.

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Marked differences in housing conditions between people with and without a migrant background

In 2014, the housing conditions of people with a migrant background differed markedly from those of people without a migrant background in Germany. Based on the microcensus, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that people with a migrant background lived in their own home much less often (34.5%) than people without a migrant background (54.8%).

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Foreign population

More than 10 million foreigners in Germany

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The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that a good 10.0 million people holding only foreign citizenship were registered in the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR) at the end of 2016. This is the highest number of foreigners ever recorded in Germany since the AZR was established in 1967.

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Naturalisations

2.9% increase in naturalisations - especially of Britons - in 2016

The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that nearly 110,400 foreigners became naturalised German citizens in 2016. That was an increase of slightly more than 3,000, or 2.9%, compared with a year earlier. In the preceding two years, the number of naturalisations had declined. 

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Key Figures

Foreign Population201610.0 mn
Turkey20161.5 mn
Poland2016783,085
Syria2016637,845
Italy2016611,450
Romania2016533,660
Naturalisations2016110,383
Persons with a migration background201618.6 mn

Data on refugees

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On our special page you will find information on people seeking refuge.

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