IN FOCUS / 2015-02-25
High proportion of higher education graduates among immigrants
There is a political debate about whether a new immigration law is required for better control of immigration to Germany. Between 2009 and 2013, net immigration totalled just under 1.2 million people.
According to the microcensus 2013, the majority of immigrants had a high level of qualification. A total of roughly 85% of the 18 to 24 year olds had a school certificate and 5% were still in school education. The proportion of young immigrants who had obtained a school certificate qualifying them to enter higher education was especially high (55%). In the total population, roughly 86% of the 18 to 24 year olds had a school certificate and 10% were still at school. Again, most people of this age group had obtained a school certificate qualifying them to enter higher education (39%).
Examining the vocational qualification attained shows that an especially large number of immigrants were graduates. A total of roughly 40% of the 25 to 34 year olds had a higher education degree. However, there were also many unqualified workers among them. 29% of this age group did not have any vocational qualification. In the total population, the proportion of unqualified workers among the 25 to 34 year olds was markedly smaller (14%). However, the proportion of higher education graduates was smaller, too (22%).