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:
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:
- North Korea
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:
Top ten countries of Germans with foreign roots of origin:
- Former Soviet Union
- Former Yugoslavia
Top ten largest cities in Germany:
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