Figures by Germany’s statistics office shows some surprising findings in terms of net migration in 2017. The statistics show that more and more Germans are coming back to the country and staying put.
The Federal Office for Statistics (Destatis) said that the net migration to the country went down by one-fifth year-on-year to 416,000 in 2017. The figures also showed that in 2016, in line with the downward trend, the net migration from Africa and Asia had gone down.
According to the DW, in 2017, the number of migrants from Syria went down from 146,000 in 2016 to 60,000. The largest decrease was seen in the number of migrants from Afghanistan. The number went down from 56,000 in 2016 to 4,000 in 2017.
In 2015, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, greeted and welcomed refugees to Germany. These refugees were those who escaped the war in their home country, especially those coming from Syria. Over 9 lakh irregular immigrants migrated to Germany leading to a migration crisis.
The number of ethnic Germans and German nationalities coming back to their country increased from 146,000 in 2016 to 167,000. Germany’s constitution allows ethnic Germans to live outside Germany and return to the country again.
The statistics also showed that the number of Germans exiting the country went down from 281,000 in 2016 to 249,000 in 2017.
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