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German population hits record high of 84 million due to Ukrainian refugees

BERLIN– The influx of Ukrainian refugees into Germany has pushed the country’s population to a new all-time high of more than 84 million, the German Federal Statistical Office said on Tuesday.

At the end of June, the country’s population had increased by 843,000 people, or 1%, compared to the end of 2021.

In comparison, the population increased by 82,000 people, or 0.1%, over the whole of 2021.

About 750,000 Ukrainian refugees came to Germany to protect themselves from the Russian invasion in the first half of 2022.

Most of them were women, the statistics office reported, saying that at the end of June 501,000 more Ukrainian women and girls were living in Germany than at the end of 2021, while the number of Ukrainian men and boys had increased by 248,000.

Germany has already seen population increases of this magnitude – both linked to immigration – in 1992 and 2015.

In 1992, shortly after the fall of communism and the reunification of Germany, around 700,000 people arrived, fleeing the war in Yugoslavia, and coming from Eastern Europe following the opening of borders there.

In 2015, nearly one million migrants came from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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