“New” Migrants More Educated and Females Better Integrated

Foreigners in Germany
Origin of Foreigners in Germany. Click on image for larger view. Diagram courtesy of Berlin Institute.

It has been 5 years since the last report by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development (Berlin-Institut für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung). The new report titled “Neue Potenziale” is the sequence to the last which was named, “Ungenutzte Potenziale”.

According to this new report, the new migrants coming to Germany are more educated that the German population. Between 2005 and 2010, 35% of the migrant community moving to Germany was made up of “Akademiker” while only 20% of the German population had the same.

Academic Qualifications of Foreigners
Academic Qualifications of Foreigners. Click on image for larger view. Diagram courtesy of Berlin Institute.

On the African Population in Germany:

  • 58% are men, 42% are women (while the Kenyan ratio of men to women is 1:6)
  • 64% migrated to Germany while 46% were born in Germany
  • 24% have taken up German citizenship
  • are 533,000 in total
  • Average age is 29
  • 32% are children below 15years of age
  • 40% live alone: 42% are men and 35% are women
  • 43% of the families have only one child
  • 40% of the African men are married to Germans while only 27% of African women are married to Germans
  • less than 5% are aged above 64


Other points worth noting from the new report are: (In brackets my own comments)

  • The migrant population has a younger demographic compared to the German one. (Migrants generally giving birth more and having more children)
  • Children born in Germany to uneducated migrants got more educated than their parents although still below the German average, while children born to “akademiker” or highly qualified migrant parents never achieved the same level of education/success as their parents. (This is quite scary)
  • Migrants from Africa, Middle East and the Far East have a huge gap between the most and least educated. For this group, even a good education isn’t guarantee that they would get an appropriate job
  • Although migrants have more kids than German, 1,6-1,8 children per woman, these numbers aren’t still enough for a sustainable population.
  • Educated migrants with jobs integrate better than the less educated ones. Areas attracting “Fachkräfte” have better integrated foreigners.
African Population in Germany
Details on the African Population in Germany. Click image for a larger view. Table courtesy of the Berlin Institute

You can read the whole report here: Neue Potenziale 2014.

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