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Let me do the ET thing and do one better than the media, and bring some original
sources from the Federal Statistics Office:

  • Press release on immigration in 2009, with the above quoted numbers on the nationality of immigrants. Numbers of interest not quoted so far: out of the 734,000 immigrants and 721,000 emigrants, 606,000 resp. 579,000 were foreign citizens (a net immigration of 27,000); however, among Turkish citizens, the numbers were 30,000-40,000 = net emigration of 10,000.

  • Press release on naturalizations in 2009: of the 96,100 integrating this way, the by far largest group are the 24,647 Turks. That's 1.6% of the number of those eligible, slightly lower than the average, but much lower than the same ratio for citizens of Iraq (13.8%) or Afghanistan (10.3%) -- then again, the big wave of naturalizations was from 2000, when citizenship law was changed.

  • Press release on foreign residents in 2009: the number stands at 6.69 million, 32,800 less than a year earlier (a number including changes due to migration, naturalization, deaths and births). The drop is almost equalled by that in Turkish citizens: -30,300 to 1.66 million. There was a gain of the same size in citizens of the former Jugoslavia. Among EU citizens, there are major gains in citizens of Romania, Bulgaria and Poland (in that order) and major losses in citizens of Italy and Greece. As for the idiocy of jus sanguinis: 20% of foreign residents were born in Germany...

  • Press release on inhabitants with a migrant background in 2008: the total (which includes everyone who was born abroad or had parents immigrating after 1950) is 15.6 million out of 82.1 million residents. Of this, 7.3 had a foreign citizenship (including double citizens). 10.6 million are immigrants themselves, including 3.1 million so-called 'late re-settlers' who got citizenship based on jus sanguinis (or being a spouse of one with German ethnicity). Of the rest, 1.7 million were born in Germany but got no citizenship. Of the total, 2.9 million are of Turkish origin, followed by 1.4 million from Poland and 1.3 million from the former Jugoslavia. Only 1.3 million of the total has multiple roots. Much lower education ratios and twice as high unemployment resp. higher low-paid jobs ratio should not come as surprise -- here a differentiation according to first- and second-generation as well as naturalized and non-naturalized 'people with migrant background' would have been more interesting.


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by DoDo on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 06:27:03 AM EST
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Regarding naturalizations, just to emphasize: a major stumbling block for many of those not naturalized yet is the right-wing blockade of the double citizenship law. That is, most people have to forego their other citizenship to gain the German one.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 07:23:57 AM EST
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The Turkish law has been changed, but I think that Germany required that you not just renounce the foreign citizenship, but that the other country accept the renunciation. In some countries this is not automatic, and I think that Turkey would require that you did military service first.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 07:33:00 AM EST
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