The Growth of Germany’s Muslim Population

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Source: Pew Research Center

Between 2010 and 2016, the number of Muslims living in Germany rose from 3.3 million (4.1% of the population) to nearly 5 million (6.1%), while the rest of the population shrank modestly from 77.1 million to 76.5 million. Immigration has been a major factor in the growth of Germany’s Muslim population. But, even if there is no more immigration, Muslims will continue to increase as a share of Germany’s population in future decades because German Muslims, on average, are much younger and have more babies than Germans as a whole.

These findings come from demographic models built by Pew Research Center to show how Europe’s population is changing. It is impossible to predict future migration flows, so we modeled three different scenarios with varying levels of migration to project what could happen by the year 2050. Without any more migration, Germany’s aging population would be expected to decline about 15% by 2050. But if recent migration patterns continue, its overall population is projected to hold steady or even increase by the middle of the 21st century, in large part due to the arrival of Muslim immigrants.

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5 replies

  1. The growth of the Islamic population in Germany may be a fact, but is it good or bad news? Should the indigenous German population be happy about the whole nature of their country changing? And who knows where it might end? Another Ottoman type empire? Not to mention the rise of the right-wingers. I see serious problems ahead. It needs to be looked at from both sides of the spectrum.

  2. I am very sympathetic towards the people who are suffering in the Middle East and Africa, but heading for Europe is not the long-term answer. Europe does not have limitless resources, and the labour market is changing, so in future not so many people required.

    The recent mass immigration has been a disaster, due mainly because of the wars, and the fact that most have an alien culture does not help, and they don’t easily fit in. Not just that, but there are factions whose ambition is to impose their culture upon others. That cannot make for good relations. In fact, there is a lot of resentment towards them, and the havoc they are causing, despite the fact that they are experiencing freedoms not known in their homelands.

    I’m in favour of controlled immigration, and only quotas of people who are actually needed and have something to offer, as in Australia and the USA. But more should be done to help the various nations develop so that their people will want to stay there, educate them and teach them about birth control. Unfortunately there is too much corruption.

    • Most of the Syrian immigrants / refugees are actually well educated and potentially very useful for the German economy, given a chance and assisted to integrate. (A friend of mine works in a refugee reception camp in Hamburg and he says that nearly all of the Syrians speak good English – therefore also able to learn German quickly, if given the chance). – Not so sure about the African migrants, but there also, as they need thousands of dollars to reach Europe they are not the lowest in education. – Anyway, of course controled migration would be better for every one.

  3. I am hoping that most of the immigrants will want to return to their homelands in due course. Controlled immigration is the only way. Educated or not the work just isn’t there, and will further decrease in the future.

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