Germany remains attractive

Last year, more people moved to Germany than emigrated, the Federal Statistical office says.

Germany remains attractive

Frankfurt (dpa) - Germany remains an attractive destination for migrants: last year saw 400,000 more people settle in the country than move away, migration data released by the Federal Statistical Office on Tuesday showed.

A total of 1.58 million people arrived from abroad, while 1.18 million people left the country. Net migration to Germany thus fell slightly from 2017, when it had stood at 416,000 people.

The phenomenon can be attributed mostly to foreigners, with 87 per cent of those who moved to Germany holding a foreign passport, according to the statistical office. A year earlier, it had been 89 per cent.

But the arrival of Germans who had previously lived abroad also increased. In 2017, a total of 167,000 people returned to Germany, while the number reached 202,000 last year.

Even more Germans, however, emigrated: a total of 262,000, up from 249,000 in 2017.

Net migration by citizens from other countries in the European Union was led by Romanians (68,000), Croats (29,000) and Bulgarians (27,000).

For people not stemming from the EU, the largest increases were seen for Albanians, Turks and Kosovars, according to the statistical office.

Changes were also recorded for instance among Syrian immigrants: in 2017, 60,000 more Syrians had arrived in Germany than left, but last year the number dropped to 34,000.