people of non german origin in hamburg
people of non german origin in hamburg

Immigration to Germany

Germany is known for welcoming large numbers of people of non-German origin, especially following the refugee crisis in 2015 during which Germany accepted more than 2 million asylum seekers. As of September 2019, there were more than 11 million people of non-German origin residing in Germany, comprising around ⅛ of its 83 million inhabitants. The majority of these originate from Turkey (2.8 million), Syria (600,000) and Poland (2.2 million). 

Demographics of Hamburg

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany after Berlin and is located in the northern part of the country. It has a population of over 1.8 million people, making it the seventh largest city in the European Union and the third largest port. Hamburg is renowned internationally as a major hub for science and education and many multinational companies have significant bases in the city.

People of Non-German Origin Living in Hamburg

With its international reputation, Hamburg is home to people of non-German origin coming from more than 190 different countries. The number of migrants stands at around 300,000 people which comprises 16% of the total population. Furthermore, 38% of these people have come from within the EU, mostly from the central and eastern European nations such as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. A further 30% of people of non-German origin living in Hamburg come from non-EU member states in Europe and another 20% from Asia, including countries such as China, India and the Philippines. 

As so many people of non-German origin living in Hamburg, the city has become very multilingual. Therefore, languages such as German, Turkish, English and Russian are all present in the city. 

Here is a list of the top ten countries of origin for people of non-German origin living in Hamburg (as of 2018):

  1. Turkey: 44,239
  2. Poland: 29,058
  3. Afghanistan: 19,831 – the largest Afghan community in Europe 
  4. Syria: 15,763
  5. Romania: 11,925
  6. Bulgaria: 10,547
  7. Portugal: 10,541
  8. Russia: 9,335
  9. Italy: 8,806
  10. Iran: 8,282
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