Germany's foreign population rose by 419,900 to
more than 7.6m in 2013 - - 8.8% of the overall population and a record since the
Central Register of Foreigners (AZR) was established in 1967.
Destatis, the federal statistics office, said on
Friday that compared with 2012, the number of foreigners rose by 5.8%. In 2011,
the number of foreigners increased by 177,300 (+2.6%) and in 2012 it rose by
282,800 (+4.1%). The 2013 increase is the highest since 1992. It is composed of
three components: a migration surplus (balance of arrivals and departures) of
518,800 people, an excess of births (balance of births and deaths) amounting to
14,200, and a fall of 113,000 people whose register entries were deleted
Three-quarters of the newly registered net
arrivals came from the European Union (EU). They fall into three groups. The
numerically largest number came from the 10 states that joined the EU in 2004 (8
former Soviet-controlled states + Cyprus and Malta), with an increase of 127,100
and 15.9% compared with 2012. This group is headed by Poland (+14.6%) and
Hungary (+ 26.3%). The second group consists of the three countries which joined
the EU in 2007-2012 at 106,000 (+19.3%). Here Romania (30.4%) and Bulgaria
(+23.6%) account for the largest share.
Destatis says that immigration from the euro
crisis Mediterranean countries was at + 63 700 (+ 6.0%). This group is mainly
from Spain (+12.7%), Greece (+6.1%) and Italy (+4.4%) led.
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