Immigrants are increasingly well qualified

More and more immigrants of working age have a higher education degree.

While during the 1960s, many unskilled or semi-skilled “guest workers” arrived in Germany, for some years the qualification profile of immigrants has changed significantly. In 2005, 13.6 percent of persons with own migration experience at the age of 25 to 65 years showed an academic degree. By 2016, this figure was already 20.44 percent, which is roughly the same as the share of the total population in Germany at the same age (21.36 percent). Thus, the qualification structure of the immigrants does not significantly differ from the total population in Germany. The fact that more and more academics go to Germany can be explained by the simplified immigration for this group.