Former East Germany Sees First Migration Boost Since Fall of the Wall

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs


When Germany reunified in 1990, the population trend in the country saw more people moving into former West German states as they said goodbye to the less desirable East. This trend continued well after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but a new study shows that things may be turning around.

On Tuesday the Berlin Institute for Population and Development published a study that revealed that in 2012 roughly 150,000 people moved into the former East Germany. Some of these new residents made the move from West German states, while others were new to Germany all together.

The number is significant as it is the first time this territory has seen population growth. Since 1990, the former East Germany lost 1.8 million people.

According to the study, most of the new inhabitants are moving to major city areas and not smaller towns. Leipzig, Dresden, Erfurt and Potsdam are among the top cities that have seen population growth.


Source: Berlin Institute for Population and Development, The Local
Photo: MatthiasX1 via Flickr

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