Population in Germany Grew in 2013
Enlarge image (© picture-alliance/MAXPPP) As the new year begins, the Federal Statistical Office has released their annual population report, which gives an overall estimate of the year-to-year population change in Germany. For the third year in a row, the office reported a relative increase in population. In the beginning of 2013, 80.5 million people lived in Germany and now that number has increased 80.8 million.
The increased population is due primarily to the increased immigration to Germany. In the first half of 2013, net immigration rose by 13 percent. New data indicates that Germany saw a total net increase of 400,000 immigrants in 2013. Immigration has not been this high since 1993, when the office recorded a 462,000 person increase.
Creating a More Welcoming Germany
The increased immigration is a welcome sign to German officials. In 2013, the German government took steps to ease the transition for new immigrants to Germany. After adopting the Blue Card program in 2012, which makes immigration for persons from Non-EU counties much easier, Germany saw an increase in non-EU immigrants. Other programs like Make It In Germany are meant to help non-skilled immigrants find training programs that coincide with their interests. Many of the Make It In Germany participants stay in the country after their training is complete to work permanently at German companies. Immigration, especially the immigration of skilled workers, is viewed as a positive development on Germany's population landscape.