The German Federal Statistics Office revealed that Germany’s population increased slightly in 2021.
According to the latest press release from the Federal Statistical Office, Germany’s population grew by 0.1 percent, or by 82,000 people, in 2021, after remaining virtually unchanged in 2020, TheSchengen.com reports.
In order to better understand this increase, the Federal Statistical Office states that more than 83.2 million people were living in Germany at the end of 2021. These numbers are higher than those recorded before the pre-pandemic period.
Germany’s population increased by 0.1 percent, or 82,000 people, in 2021 after remaining virtually unchanged the previous year (12,000 people). On the basis of population updates, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reported that just over 83.2 million people were living in Germany at the end of 2021, more than before the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in 2019,” a statement reads by the office.
The Office indicated that this development is mainly due to the increase in net migration. Preliminary results show that net migration increased from 220 thousand in 2020 to 317 thousand in 2021, which is close to the level achieved before the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic (327 thousand).
In addition, it was emphasized that the excess of deaths over births increased from 212,000 in 2020 to 228,000 in 2021.
Regarding population changes, the office reveals that compared to 2020, the largest increase in population in 2021 was recorded in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Niedersachsen.
Baden-Württemberg recorded an increase of 21,600, Bavaria recorded an increase of 36,800, and Niedersachsen recorded an increase of 23,600.
The naturalization rate in Germany also increased in 2021. The Federal Statistical Office revealed earlier this month that due to outstanding efforts in integration, the country recorded a high rate of naturalization in 2021.
About 131,600 foreigners obtained German citizenship in 2021, which represents a 20 percent increase compared to the previous year 2020, the office said.
He explained that this increase is mainly due to a large number of naturalization of Syrian citizens. About 19,100 Syrian citizens were naturalized in 2021. Triple what it was in 2020.
Nationals of other countries also account for a large number of naturalizations. More than 12,200 Turkish citizens obtained German citizenship in 2021. Naturalizations were also frequent among Romanian (6900), Poles (5,500) and Italians (5,000) citizens. This means that not only third-country nationals but also EU citizens apply to become legal German citizens.