Over a quarter of population has immigrant roots

According to a new study, around 21.2 million residents in Germany are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants.

Migration in Deutschland
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Frankfurt (dpa) - More than a quarter of residents in Germany have immigrant roots, a rise of more than 2 per cent on last year, figures from the country's statistical office showed on Tuesday.

Around 21.2 million residents in Germany are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants, the equivalent of 26 per cent of the total population, the Federal Statistical Office said.

The figure rose by 2.1 per cent compared with last year, the slowest increase since 2011.

Of those, 65 per cent hailed from another European country.

Around 52 per cent held German citizenship in 2019, around half of them since birth.

Of the 10.1 million foreigners, 85 per cent were themselves immigrants to Germany. The remainder were born to immigrants.

The Federal Office defines anyone born without German citizenship or with at least one parent for whom this is the case as coming from an immigrant background.