International Germany

Do you know from which countries the most students in Germany come? Or from where the most expats come? You can find the answers here.

A tourist at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
A tourist at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Bojan - stock.adobe.com

Cosmopolitan country

On 31 December 2019 there were 11,228,300 foreign passport holders living in Germany. 13.1 per cent of these people come from Turkey, traditionally representing the largest group of migrants.


  • Turkey 1,472,390
  • Poland 862,535
  • Syria 789,465
  • Romania 748,225
  • Italy 646,460
  • Croatia 414,890
  • Greece 363,650
  • Bulgaria 360,170
  • Afghanistan 263,420
  • Russian Federation 260,395

 

Berlin visitors in front of the Reichstag building
Berlin visitors in front of the Reichstag building Bojan - stock.adobe.com

International students

In 2019 there were 302,157 foreign students in Germany who had graduated from school abroad. Asia is the main region of origin followed by Western Europe.


  • China 39,871
  • India 20,562
  • Syria 13,032
  • Austria 11,495
  • Russia 10,439
  • Italy 9,246
  • Iran 8,534
  • Turkey 8,470
  • Cameroon 7,211
  • France 7,047

 

International Germany: 205.000 expats and 302.157 foreign students in Germany.


Expats in Germany

InterNations is the world’s largest community for expats, people living outside their native countries. Of the 205,000 members in Germany, the largest proportion comes from the USA.


  • USA 10 %
  • India 7 %
  • Italy 6 %
  • United Kingdom 5%
  • Spain 4 %
  • France 4 %
  • Russia 4 %
  • Romania 4 %
  • Brazil 3 %
  • Poland 2 %

 

Number of naturalizations

The number of naturalizations in Germany rose by 15 per cent in 2019. A large proportion of these people were British. Following Brexit the number of Britons becoming naturalized in 2019 was equal to the two previous years combined. Here is a comparison with other EU countries.


  • United Kingdom 14,600
  • Poland 6,020
  • Romania 5,830
  • Italy 4,475
  • Greece 3,130
  • Croatia 2,270
  • Bulgaria 1,990
  • Hungary 1,315
  • Spain 11,265
  • France 865

 

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