German population hits all-time high – DW – 01/19/2023

Germany’s population rose to an all-time high of 84.3 million people in 2022, driven by record net immigration, the Federal Statistical Office, more commonly known as Destatis, reported on Thursday.

“This was the highest number of inhabitants ever recorded at the end of a year,” Destatis said in a statement.

According to a first estimate, the country’s population grew by 1.1 million people.

More migrants arriving than leaving 

“The strong growth was caused by record net immigration,” Destatis said.

The statistics office estimated that between 1.42 to 1.45 million more people came to Germany than had moved abroad.

Most immigrants were people fleeing the war in Ukraine, but there was also a “significant” increase in people from elsewhere.

“This means that net immigration was…

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