Germany’s population grew by 200,000 in 2018, reaching a record level since the country’s reunification, primarily due to immigration.
By the end of 2018, almost 83 million people were living in Germany – 200,000 more than a year earlier.
According to statistics, the record was set due to immigration – the mortality rate in the country still exceeds the birth rate.
Thus, in 2018, the birth rate in Germany increased moderately (from 785 thousand to 805 thousand newborns), while the mortality rate – significantly (from 932 thousand to 950 thousand). As a result, the “birth rate deficit” increased to 150-180 thousand.
At the same time, 340-380 thousand more people moved to Germany than left during the year. In 2017, the migration balance was 416 thousand people. This figure has been decreasing in the country for the third year in a row.
This is still a preliminary figure. The final ones – will be released in the summer of 2019.
In November, German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that Berlin had made mistakes in solving the migration issue.