Germany’s population just hit a record high – so what does this mean?

Source: The Local

Germany's population just hit a record high - so what does this mean?
There are more people living in Germany than ever before, largely thanks to immigration. Here’s an explanation of what the new numbers mean.

Germany’s population reached 82.8 million at the end of 2016, according to government estimates. That’s around 600,000 more than the previous year – an increase equivalent to the population of Leipzig – and almost 300,000 more than the previous record year, 15 years ago in 2002.

But without immigration – both of refugees and EU nationals – the population would have shrunk. So what do the statistics tell us?

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