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Share of population in Germany 2019, by migration background

This statistic shows the distribution of the population in Germany broken down by migration background in 2019. That year, the population share with a migration background in the wider sense amounted to 26 percent. According to the source, a person is considered having a migrant background when they or at least one parent do not have German citizenship by law. This definition includes the following persons:
1. Immigrated and non-immigrated foreigners.
2. Immigrated and non-immigrated naturalized citizens.
3. Late emigrants.
4. Descendants born with German citizenship within the three groups named above.

Distribution of the population* in Germany in 2019, by migration background

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* Figures refer to population in private households. Data originates from the 2019 Microcensus.

The distinction between a migration background in the narrower and broader sense is based on different methods of identifying the migration background of a person. Migration background in the narrower sense means that only information about the parents of the person living in the same household is used. The migration background in a broader sense means that all information about the parents is used (even if the person no longer lives in the household of the parents). This applies to people who, due to their own characteristics, do not actually have a migration background themselves, but have parents who are foreign, naturalized, (late) resettlers or who were adopted by a German parent.

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