German economy fuelled by nearly one million immigrants in 2012

Figures reported in the German newspaper Die Zeit give an interesting insight into immigration in Europe’s most powerful economy. Massive immigration is compensating the demographic effects of a falling birth rate. Key points:

965,908 foreigners immigrated into Germany in 2012, mostly from Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and also southern European countries such as Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, which have been hard hit by their local banking crises. That’s the equivalent of the population of Cologne.

However 578,759 foreigners also left Germany, leaving net immigration of 387,149.

Turks used to flood into Germany, but last year more Turks left Germany than entered, since the thriving Turkish economy offers opportunities at home. Immigration from Islamic countries has become insignificant.

Among German nationals, more left the country than returned.

Because of the declining birth rate, Germany needs net immigration of between 250,000 and 400,000 yearly in order to prevent the population from declining, which would depress economic growth and lead to an ageing population. 200,000 more people die in Germany than are born.

The moral, say Die Zeit, is that this huge immigration is beneficial despite resulting social strains, and Germany should do more to make immigrants welcome.

Meanwhile, in Britain, new legislation is under preparation to make it harder for foreigners to immigrate. We shall see which policy is right …

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2 Responses to “German economy fuelled by nearly one million immigrants in 2012”

  1. quietoaktree Says:

    “We shall see which policy is right …”

    Is it really that simple ?

    ´Empire Settlement Act 1922
    Empowered the Secretary of State to formulate and co-operate in migration and settlement schemes to encourage Britons to settle in Her Majesty’s Overseas Dominions.

    Between the two World Wars 1.5 million left the UK. Between 1945 and 1971 more than 1 million immigrated to Australia alone.

    Were it not for the influx to the UK of West Indians and Asians — where would the UK be today ?

    `The Tier 1 ‘Exceptional Talent’ scheme was introduced in August 2011 to allow world leaders in the sciences and the arts to work in the UK. Applicants must be endorsed by one of the four ‘competent bodies’ participating in the scheme, including the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Endorsements are limited to 1000 each year.

    However, figures released by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), which is responsible for immigration controls, show that only 73 visas had been issued in the first year of the scheme, of which 21 related to dependents.

    Source -

    Germany is not making such mistakes —

    “We shall see which policy is right …” ???

  2. quietoaktree Says:

    During the 60´s and 70´s in Germany the mass influx was mainly ´unskilled´. There was however a much smaller influx from other European countries (UK included) of skilled tradespeople.

    The latter were quickly employed by German industry –especially if they showed interest in learning German. Employees who were bi- trilingual were an extra, that few of the ´mittelstand´(or multis) would let slip for their international business and customers.

    This is continuing —

    (copy and paste)

    The offer to young Europeans (EU ?) is typical of this international mentality.

    A Greek town has already enrolled 1000 in the scheme –and the perks.

    In learning your occupation and getting accustomed to a new country, you already have a lot to do. One good thing is that you do not have to think about the costs of your stay. That is our job.
    What you get when you take up a vocational training programme:
    a preparatory German course in your home country
    an allowance for your travel and moving expenses
    a language course in Germany in preparation for your internship
    financial support in addition to your training pay
    guidance in your schooling, work and daily life´

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