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Strong Incoming Migration Brings Berlin's Population up to 3.67 Million Residents

The latest figures released by the Statistical Office of Berlin and Brandenburg show that Berlin's population grew by 60,500 new residents in 2016. It equals a year-on-year increase by 1.67 percent. As of year-end 2016, the German capital had a population total of slightly more than 3.67 million. Berlin's 2016 population increase alone roughly matches the population total of Frankfurt (Oder), one of the largest cities in the state of Brandenburg. The brisk increase is explained not least by the inflow of people from outside Germany. Out of a total of more than 60,000 new arrivals, roughly 56,000 were foreigners, or so the Statistical Office data suggest. The figure includes many asylum seekers from crisis areas and war zones. One in three Berliners is now from abroad or else a German citizen with a migrant background. Berlin started benefiting demographically from its domestic and international appeal as a metropolis in 2015, when its population rose to the highest level since the end of World War II, 70 years earlier.

Dynamic Demographic Growth

The dynamic population increase in Berlin has continued unchecked since 2012. In the years since, the number of residents has gone up by more than 240,000 people. The trend is all the more welcome because as recently as the late 1990s, Berlin's population was in serious decline, and barely cleared the mark of 3.3 million by the end of the century. The currently positive trend, while primarily due to the massive incoming migration from outside Germany as mentioned above, is also driven be a strong inflow from other areas in East and West Germany. And the fast-paced growth is expected to continue in the coming years.

That being said, Berlin's Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment believes that the demographic growth between now and 2030 will vary from one borough to the next. The borough likely to see the biggest gains, according to the competent administration, is Pankow, which includes Prenzlauer Berg. Being one of the fastest growing boroughs anyway, its population is projected to increase by another 16 percent by 2030.

Ultimately, the current demographics reflect the great performance of Berlin in general when compared to big cities elsewhere in the world.