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Rise in German immigration

Rise in German immigrationAccording to provisional figures released by the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), in the first half of 2013, 555,000 people migrated to Germany. This was an increase of 55,000 or 11 per cent compared with the first half of 2012 and marked the third consecutive year in which there was a double-digit growth rate in migration between January and June. In the same six month period, some 349,000 people left Germany, the figure being up 10 per cent. As such, net IMMIGRATION rose from 182,000 to 206,000 or by 13 per cent. In keeping with previous years it remained at a high level. The majority of those settling in Germany from abroad were from European Union (EU) member states, with the total increasing 9 percent to 334,000 persons. Poles (93,000), Romanians (67,000), and Bulgarians (29,000) continued to account for the majority of foreign migrants entering Germany. Migration from European countries that are not part of the European Union climbed overall by a total of 21 per cent, from Africa by 38 per cent, America by 2 per cent, and Asia 14 per cent. There was a particularly sharp rise in the number of migrants from Syria (+178 per cent), the Russian Federation (+127 per cent), Libya (+219 per cent) and Somalia (+143 per cent). Source: destatis.de; photo: dpa/pa. Source: https://www.deutschland.de/en/news/rise-in-immigration

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