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Immigrants in Germany swell to record high 11 million

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Staff writer ▼ | August 5, 2015
The number of immigrants living in Germany rose by 3.7 percent last year to a record high of 11 million and a fifth of the population is of a migrant background, the Federal Statistics Office said.
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The figures highlight Germany's growing reliance on foreign-born workers to drive its powerhouse economy, Europe's largest, as well as its acceptance of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Many of the immigrants came from other European Union countries, such as Poland, Romania, Italy, Bulgaria and Hungary.

Last year, the number of people living in Germany of a migrant background had risen by around 1.5 million, or 10 percent, from 2011. The native population, excluding people of a migrant background, fell by 1.4 percent.

The figures were based on a sample census, the Statistics Office said. It has been tracking migration numbers since 2005.