increased The number of foreign nationals from countries outside the European Union who come as workers to Germany, in the past year. According to data from the Federal Statistical office, approximately 266.000 people from third countries had by the end of 2018, a residence title for the purpose of employment. By the end of 2017, it was of 217,000. Thus, the annual growth rate for the third year in a row, reaching a value of more than 20 percent.

among the main countries of origin India, with twelve per cent, China (nine per cent), Bosnia and Herzegovina (eight per cent) and the USA (seven percent). On average, the foreign workers were 35 years of age. Around two-thirds of them were men. More than 220,000 had a temporary work permit, and 46,000 on a permanent approval.

the number of immigrant workers from the Western Balkan countries has increased. Nearly 25 percent of foreigners who have a residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment, came to the end of 2018 from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia. By the end of 2015, their share was nine percent.

a Total of 10.9 million foreigners

the reason for the increase registered was that nationals was made more difficult by the classification of the Western Balkan countries as safe countries of origin in the years 2014 and 2015, the access to humanitarian residence titles. Since 2016 is an easier access to the labour market applies to you, unless a concrete Job offer exists, and you have received in the last 24 months before the application is submitted, no benefits under the asylum seekers benefits act.

a Total of around 10.9 million people were foreigners, according to the Federal office in the previous year, the Central register of registered, only had a foreign nationality. The were 2.7 percent, or about 292,000 inhabitants, more than in the previous year, 2017. Since, in this number but also late registrations of changes from previous years are included, this is not synonymous with a influx.