Earlier this year we reported that 2011 marked the first time Germany’s population grew in eight years, and with recent 2012 numbers just released by the Federal Statistical Office in Germany, it seems that the country will continue with the trend for another year. So far in the first half of the year, Germany has seen a 15% boost in immigration with 501,000 new citizens.
People moving to Germany from surrounding eurozone countries are making the largest contribution to this uptick in growth. Out of the roughly half a million immigrants, 306,000 came from European Union member states, most likely due to the economic hardships most of those countries have faced in recent years. Poland, although it is technically not a member of the eurozone, saw the highest number of citizens pack up and move to Germany with 89,000 people making it their new home.
This continued rise in immigration is what may make Germany see a second consecutive year in population growth. The number of Germans leaving the country is also on the rise with 318,000 moving out, which is 6 percent more than the first half of 2011. When you factor in both numbers though, net migration was still up an impressive 35 percent with an increase from 135,000 to 182,000 people.
Source: Federal Statistical Office
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