D The wet, cold winters, many rainy days and short summers in Germany could put off the scare – despite economic growth and expected record employment in the German labor market. But the positive facts draw: In 2016, 500,000 more people moved to Germany than left the country. This was reported by the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden on Tuesday. Thus, Germany meets the minimum requirements, the one study on behalf of the Bertelsmann Foundation 2015. According to this study, Germany needs an average of more than half a million immigrants each year over the next few decades if it wants to keep the number of workers and its social system stable by 2050. However, according to the Federal Statistical Office survey, so-called net immigration fell very significantly compared to 2015. In that year, the plus was 1.14 million. According to the statisticians, however, the values are only limitedly comparable due to methodological changes. also read In 2016, around 1.865 million people moved in, while around 1.365 million left the country. This was 272,000 fewer moves and 368,000 more than in the previous year. The data from the so-called migration statistics show who signs up or leaves the registration authorities. An overview of the statistical features. These nationalities have the newcomers The vast majority of immigrants had a foreign passport (1.719 million), in addition to some 146,000 Germans. About half (51%) of the immigrants were citizens of an EU member state, and another nine percent came from other European countries. 26 percent came from Asian countries and five percent from Africa. Most people come from these countries In the case of the migration surplus, in which the people who have moved in and those who have moved away are set off against each other, the picture is quite different: the largest proportion of all citizenship was held by 63 percent of Asian citizens. EU citizens accounted for 15 per cent of the total, as well as 9 per cent for persons in an African state. There are fewer people coming from these countries There was a decline in migration surpluses for Asia, Europe and Africa. Asia’s migration surplus fell, especially for persons of nationality from Syria (from 298,000 to 146,000), Afghanistan (from 80,000 to 56,000) and Iraq (from 60,000 to 48,000). also read Within the EU, for example, the migration surplus declined for persons with Polish (from 63,000 to 27,000) and Romanian (from 92,000 to 60,000) citizenship. For the other European countries, in 2016 nationals of almost all Balkan countries recorded a negative net migration balance after a strong migration surplus in 2015. That’s what the numbers say about the Germans With regard to the German nationality, it drives more people into the distance than back home. The number of German expatriates increased to 281,000 (plus 143,000). The number of returnees also increased – but only by 25,000 people to 146,000. This results in a so-called migration loss of German citizens of 135,000 persons in 2016. However, these figures should be treated with caution. Since the arrivals and departures of German people, whose previous or new place of residence was not known, are additionally taken into account in the migration statistics since 2016, the values skyrocketed. Excluding this group of people, there were slight declines compared to 2015 in both the number of arrivals (115,000 persons, minus 4 percent) and the number of departures (131,000 persons, minus 5 percent).