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Statistics show further increase in population in Berlin

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Last year, Berlin again saw more people moving to the city than moving away.

Despite renewed Coronavirus protection measures, more than 166,500 people moved to the city in 2021, while just under 150,300 people moved away. The numbers were published by the state statistics office on Thursday. With an increase of more than 16,200 people, this was a significant migration gain.

13,400 more people in Berlin than last year

For the first time in 20 years, the number of outflows exceeded the number of inflows in 2020. According to the State Statistics Office, 3,677,500 people lived in Berlin last year (as of December 31, 2021), around 13,400 more than the year before.

Surplus births of around 1460 people

In 2021, there was also a birth surplus of around 1460 people in Berlin. In the previous year, there had been exactly 1050 more births than deaths. According to the statisticians, just under 39,170 children were born in Berlin in 2021 - around 480 more than in the previous year. The decline, which had been continuing since 2017, had thus been halted. A total of 37,706 people died in 2021, 64 people more than the year before. Most deaths were registered in the winter months of January and October to December.

Increase attributable to immigration

According to the statisticians, the increase in population was due to people moving to Berlin from abroad. More than 93,200 people from other countries moved to the city, while around 67,700 people from Berlin moved away to other countries. Within Germany, the number of people moving to Berlin from other federal states (around 73,300) was lower than the number of Berliners moving elsewhere in Germany (over 82,500).

Mostly younger people come to Berlin

There was also a difference in age groups: people who came to the city tended to be younger than those who left Berlin. Just under 46 percent of all those who moved to the city and around 28 percent of all those who move daway were between 18 and 30 years old. From the age of 30, the proportion of all new residents was around 44 percent, and the proportion of all people who left was at around 59 percent.

Author: dpa/
Publication date: 29 July 2022
Last updated: 29 July 2022

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