About 18.6 million people with migrant backgrounds live in Germany, say the latest figures released on 1 August by Destatis, the Federal Statistics Office of Germany.
It is for the fifth consecutive year that the figures have reached a new high. But the fact that 22.5 percent have at least one parent who is not German is said to be the biggest increase in numbers since 2005.
Officials at Destatis said that the huge increase could be attributed to the massive inflow of migrants onto German shores in 2015 and 2016. Most of them who have a foreign background were from other European nations and Turkey.
The maximum migration in recent years was, however, from the African continent and the Middle East. Around 50 percent of migrants since 2011 came from these two regions. Approximately 740,000 people living in this West European country have roots in Africa and 2.3 million in the Middle East.
Of these, half of those having foreign roots are not German citizens yet. DW quotes Destatis report as also stating that migrants with foreign background were nine percent more likely to drop out of high school.
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