Word has got around that Germany is a good place to live and work: Germany is a more attractive destination than ever for immigrants. Since 1950, there have been only a few years in which more people emigrated from than immigrated to Germany. The most important historical events can be easily discerned from this graphic: German reunification in 1990 paved the way for high immigration figures, which peaked in 1992 with 1,502,198 people. The positive balance of the following years was due to a favourable economic situation and continuing stability on the labour market. Only the global recession of 2008 and 2009 checked this trend slightly. In both these years, net migration was negative for the first time since 1984. The current indications are that the gap between immigration and emigration is widening. However, the high positive net migration figure of some 1.15 million foreigners in 2015 is also partly due to the large numbers of refugees. However, more and more people are also coming to Germany to pursue their professional career.
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