Martin Arnold in Frankfurt
Germany’s population shrank for the first time in a decade after the coronavirus pandemic triggered a sharp drop in immigration this year, intensifying a recent demographic slowdown.
The number of people living in Germany fell by 40,000 in the first six months of this year to 83.1m, which the federal statistics agency said on Tuesday was the first decline in the population of Europe’s largest economy since the second half of 2010.
The main cause of the drop in German inhabitants was a sharp drop in arrivals from other countries since the pandemic started in March.
In the first six months of the year, there was a 29 per cent decline in the number of immigrants arriving in Germany to 529,000, while those emigrating fell 22 per cent to 455,000.
That means Germany had net immigration of 74,000 people in the first half of this year