Declining German population boosted by refugee arrivals in 2015

Last year's refugee influx helped the German population grow by 1.2 per cent to reach 82.2 million in 2015, despite the country's record-low birth rate, according to statistics released Friday.

Despite the fact that 188,000 more people died than were born in the country last year, the overall population grew by 978,000 as a result of the 1.1 million migrant arrivals, the Statistics Office Destatis said.

The 1.2-per-cent increase in 2015 marks the largest annual population growth since German reunification in 1990.

Germany has one of the lowest birth rates in the world - 1.38 births per woman — and is facing a labour market shortfall that could threaten growth in its export-driven economy.

The Destatis figures show that the number of foreign nationals living in Germany increased from 9.3 per cent to an all-time high of 10.3 per cent in 2015.

Last update: Fri, 26/08/2016 - 13:46

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