BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s population hit an all-time high of 84.3 million people in 2022, after stagnating in the previous three years, a rise accentuated by the arrival in Germany of refugees fleeing war in Ukraine.
In 2022, Germany had 1.1 million more people than in 2021, the Federal Statistical Office said on Thursday. The number of immigrants has more than compensated for the low birth rate and the aging of the population.
In the first half of 2022, the arrivals of Ukrainian nationals in Germany helped to increase the population by 740,000 people. In the second half of 2015, the peak of the migration crisis caused by the fighting in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, Germany welcomed 756,000 new residents.
The flow of migrants from countries other than Ukraine also increased in 2022, after years of weak growth linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to official data.
Net migration has reached its highest level since data collection began in Germany in 1950, quadrupling from the previous year, the statistics office said.
The arrival of working-age migrants has also counterbalanced the aging of the population. The proportion of Germans of working age (15 to 63) was 61.6% in 2022, while it reaches 75.9% among people coming from abroad.
(Report Maria Martinez; French version Dagmarah Mackos, edited by Kate Entringer)