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Recent Changes in Migration Movements and Policies: Germany

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The decline in long‐term migration that has been evident for a number of years continued in 2006. This notably concerns family migration, humanitarian migration, and ‐ in particular ‐ immigration of persons of German origin from the successor countries of the former Soviet Union. Less than 8 000 persons immigrated under this category in 2006, compared to more than 35 000 in 2005 and between 100 000 and 230 000 in the 1990s. Likewise, immigration of Jewish resettlers from the former Soviet Union decreased to about 1 000 in 2006 compared to about 6 000 in 2005 which was already the lowest number since the establishment of the programme in the early 1990s. Family migration also reached its lowest point for more than a decade with only about 50 000 visas for family reunification in 2006. Asylum seeking has also continued its strong decline, reaching about 21 000 in 2006 ‐ the lowest level since the early 1980s.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008


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