Published: 02 August 2017 Wednesday, 05:23 AM
Bonn, 2 August (deutschenews24.de/dpa)- The number of people living in Germany with at least one foreign parent hit a record high in 2016, the fifth consecutive annual increase.
A total of 18.6 million people with an immigrant background lived in Germany in 2016, which represents a rise of 8.5 per cent compared to the previous year, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) said Tuesday.
Those with a migrant background represented 22.5 per cent of the country`s total population of nearly 82.5 million, with the increase resulting mainly from a large influx of refugees and migrants in 2015 and 2016.
The largest proportion of people with an immigrant background are Turkish, according Destatis. The fastest growing groups, however, are from the Middle East (2.3 million) and Africa (740,000).