The number of foreign nationals living in Germany increased to 10.6 million in 2017, according to data released by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Thursday, according to data from immigration from countries joining the European Union (EU) since 2004.
According to Destatis’s announcement, on December 31, 2017, there are 10,623,940 people in the Register of Foreign Citizens (AZRs), an increase of 5.8 percent – 584,860 – compared to 10,039,080 a year earlier.
According to the most recent data from the Office, from the first quarter of 2017, Germany has 82.6 million inhabitants, and the proportion of non-German citizens is roughly 13 per cent. The number of Hungarian citizens was 207,025 at the end of last year, 192,340 a year earlier.
Last year’s growth of about 585,000 people corresponds to the rate experienced in 2013 before the refugee crisis and exceeds the annual average of 388,000 people in the last 10 years, according to Destatis’s announcement that there were two factors in 2017: the EU , and the long-standing growth of immigration from so-called third countries outside the EU and the accession to the EU since 2004 (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania) .
Destatis emphasized that the developments of the last ten years show that the importance of immigration from so-called new EU states that have joined since 2004 has been rising steadily in Germany. The number of people with a nationality of one of the new EU Member States increased from 919 to 2.6 million between 2007 and 2017, an increase of 185.7 percent. The largest increase in the Romanian and Bulgarian citizens’ group was 636.3 percent and 563 percent respectively.
MTI, Origo / Photo: Hetek