Our figure of the month 09/2016: Is Germany an immigration country?


The question whether Germany is an immigration country or not has been in the scope of discussion for many years now. The commonly used term of net migration to illustrate this issue fails at showing what is going on exactly. A differentiated look at the inflows and outflows of migration would be more appropriate.


The figure presenting the inflows of migration into different countries shows that Germany attracts much more foreigners (2 million in 2015) than the United States (1 million in 2015). Other European countries as well as Canada and Australia are far from reaching this level. Thus, Germany proves to be the country in the world with the highest inflow of immigrants at the moment and a rising tendency for the future.

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