More than a Quarter of German Residents have a Migration Background
OREANDA-NEWS. In 2020, 21.9 million people (26.7% of the population) with migration roots lived in Germany. The Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden provided such data on Friday, October 1.
More than a third of them (7.9 million people), being citizens of Germany, voted in the Bundestag elections held a week earlier. This is 13% of the total number of persons with the right to vote. Among voters with a migration background, more than half (4.7 million people or 59%) were born outside Germany and have lived in Germany for 31 years on average. The most common countries of origin of these citizens are Poland (817,000), Kazakhstan (759,000) and Russia (700,000).
Citizenship of the Federal Republic from birth has more than one in three (36%) residents of the country with a migration background who are entitled to vote in Germany. Another 32% of such persons became German citizens as a result of naturalization, 31% — due to their status as a repatriate and about percent — as a result of adoption.
At the same time, 3% of all persons with the right to vote in Germany have citizenship of two countries. Most often, the second state is Poland (17%), Russia (15%) and Italy (6%). In addition to 8.7 million foreign adults living in Germany, 13.7 million minors did not have the right to vote at the time of statistics collection. 3.7 million of them have a migration background and are German citizens, and 1.7 million are exclusively foreign citizens.
According to the definition of the statistical office, residents of Germany have migration roots if they or at least one of their parents did not have German citizenship at birth.