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Partly as a result of the economic crisis, overall long‐term immigration to Germany declined further in 2009 from the already modest level observed in 2008. According to data from the Central Foreigners Register, family migration continued its declining trend, recording only about 48 000 new immigrants under this title, the lowest in more than a decade. The immigration of ethnic Germans (Sp√§taussiedler) from Eastern Europe and Central Asia also continued to decline. Only 3 400 ethnic Germans entered in 2009, compared to annual averages of between 100 000 and 230 000 throughout the 1990s. This component of immigration flows is gradually disappearing, as is the resettlement of Jews from countries once in the former Soviet Union (about 1 100 in 2009).
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2011-07-01

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