Immigrants flock to Germany as Euro recession deepens
According to new data released by the European statistical agency Eurostat the crisis in the Eurozone seems to be increasing the immigration flow in the EU. More than 1 million people have moved to Germany in 2012. Germany has one of the strongest and least affected by the crisis economies. Those immigrants came from countries in southern Europe such as Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy as well as from countries in eastern Europe such as Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia and Poland. The total figure was some 13% higher than it was 2011. Until recently the Germany has been mostly seen as an emigration country, but now thousands of people from Southern Europe are flocking there as the recession in their native states deepens.
The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration says that the immigrants arriving in Germany have been young and well-educated. They are more likely than German nationals to have a degree. Christine Langenfeld, Chairman of the Expert Council, said ‘Germany is reaping the measurable rewards of free movement thanks to skilled immigrants from other EU countries’
The highest number of immigrants came from Poland – 68 000, followed by Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy and Romania. Officials from many large German cities have expressed concerns that the mass-influx of immigrants will cause a lot of social concerns. The mayor of Duisburg Soren Link for example stated that the influx of large numbers of Roma people form Bulgaria and Romania has led to social unrests and increased rate of street crime. Herr Link says that the Roma migrants are costing his authority £15m per year in social housing and benefits and policing costs.
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