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North Rhine-Westphalia - Migrant state

Every fourth citizen has an immigrant background

In 2013, more than 4.3 million citizens of NRW had an immigrant background.

Düsseldorf - On occasion of the Migration Day, the 18th December 2014, the federal office for statistics "Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen" published that 24.5 percent of the 17. 6 million citizens had foreign roots. The average age of the population with a migration background was 35 years; lower than that of citizens without (46 years).

People with Turkish descent formed the largest group of immigrants in 2013, accounting for 21.7% of immigrants. These were followed by citizens with Polish (13.7%), Russian (7.6%) and Kazakh (5.4%) origin. More than 2.6 million people (60%) with an immigrant background had German citizenship.

Last year, the administrative region Düsseldorf displayed the highest ratio of immigrant citizens, with 26.1 percent. The state capital was followed by Cologne (25.7%), Arnsberg (24.8%) and Detmold (24.6%). The lowest ratio was ascernated by the statisticians of the administrative region Münster and amounted to 18.9 percent.

People are considered to have an immigrant background, either if they have a foreign passport, moved to Germany after 1949 or children who have at least one parent who emigrated to Germany. Due to methodical reasons, people whose migration background resulted from the foreign citizenship of a parent which does not live in the same household or is deceased, are only identified with an immigration background every four years. As of 2011, the projections of the microcensus results are based on the population update, which is based on the 2011 census. The comparison between the previous years and 2013 results is therefore limited.

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