Immigrating to Germany

Brandenburg Gate

Immigrating to Germany through marriage

Asylum and refugee status in Germany

Doing your taxes in Germany as a freelancer/small business owner or employee

IRS tax exemption for Americans in Germany

Doing Your Taxes in Germany as a Freelancer/Small Business or Employee

Today with the world’s fourth largest economy, third highest number of international migrants, and a reputation for a country that works, Germany has become not only a hotspot for immigration within Europe but also draws immigrants from around the world.

History of Migration in Modern Germany

As the German economic engine began to heat up after World War Two the country found itself with a drastic workforce shortage. By the 1960s the West-German government found a solution to this in a guest worker program, inviting millions of laborers and skilled professionals to immigrate to Germany from the following countries:

  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Morocco
  • Portugal
  • Tunisia
  • Yugoslavia

As could have been guessed, many of these workers brought their families with them and settled in Germany, laying the foundations for what are today some of the largest German communities with foreign roots. On the other side of the wall in East Germany DDR, guest workers were brought from:

  • Vietnam
  • North Korea
  • Angola
  • Mozambique
  • Cuba

However after reunification these DDR groups found themselves on a less secure footing regarding their immigration status and many were deported or had a harder time finding employment in the new federal republic.


Top ten countries of origin for immigrants in 2010:

  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Hungary
  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • USA
  • Serbia
  • China
  • Russia

Top ten countries of Germans with foreign roots of origin:

  • Turkey
  • Former Soviet Union
  • Former Yugoslavia
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Italy
  • Romania
  • Greece
  • Croatia

Top ten largest cities in Germany:

  • Berlin
  • Hamburg
  • Munich
  • Cologne
  • Frankfurt
  • Stuttgart
  • Düsseldorf
  • Dortmund
  • Essen
  • Bremen

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10 thoughts on “Immigrating to Germany

  1. Mohammad Hussain

    My name is Mohammad Hussain and my finace is from Germany can i get marry with a tourist visa and get a residence permit
    Please help me

    Thank you

    1. Haroon Khokher

      Hello I am haroon maseeh from Pakistan I am Christian Catholic I want come in Germany I can not live in Pakistan I am very poor pleas help me and my family thank you. On Jan 11, 2017 7:35 AM, “Open Borders Immigration” wrote:

      > Mohammad Hussain commented: “Hello My name is Mohammad Hussain and my > finace is from Germany can i get marry with a tourist visa and get a > residence permit Please help me Thank you” >

  2. momo

    Hello dear,
    i live in Germany. I am from Somalia and i have a residence permit and i live my own apartment and i have a job.
    i have my younger brother who have been rejected his asylum application or case in Norway.
    So my question is,if he can seek asylum in Germany and join me or they will send him back to Norway. becouse he cannot go back to Somalia. is too dangerous and hungry and less water.
    what should he do or do i ?

  3. Ahmdd ali

    My name is ahmed ali.i am from i apply asylum in germany.and also living in germany.may 2016 i was do marriage with a dutch girl in she register in germany.and searching the can i get the residence card now.please help me

  4. Jin

    Jello I need some help to know I am living here in Germany last 6years as student visa. Now I going to marry with German citizen.
    When I will eligible to apply for passport.??
    And what is law of 797 days after marriage stay together and after this 797 days German law couldn’t send u back home even if u divorced?

  5. Elene Watts

    What are the possibilities of a South African european who is afraid of a pending civil war and a racial war to seek refugee status in Germany. I am a qualified English Teacher. I am originally of German origin but some time ago and speak German.


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