West Germany: 42% Of Those Under The Age Of Six Have A Migrant Background



Colton Hveem

As reported earlier here at Will of the West, Germany has seen a net loss of 700,000 German citizens over the last two years. This has been caused by two major forces - Germans leaving Germany, and the birth/death ratio being below an adequate replacement rate. This trend has been exacerbated by the high influx of non-German migrants into Germany, and their high birth rates. Thus, in West Germany, 42% of infants under the age of six have a migrant background.

“According to the Federal Statistical Office, 42 percent of those under the age of six already have a migration background in West Germany,” Welt reports. “Due to the strong international immigration - the Federal Republic has been receiving more immigrants since the 1960's than the classic US immigration country - the country is quickly becoming a migrant society.”

Through immigration, Germany continues to see hundreds of thousands of migrants come in by the year. In 2016, there was a net increase of 635,000 migrants into German society, and a “surplus of 499,000 foreigners in 2017,” Welt reports. “Thus, in the past two years, Germany’s society has gained about as many new members over migration as through births of mothers of German nationality.”

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