Ukrainian refugees push Germany’s population to all-time high


BERLIN—Refugees arriving from Ukraine helped push Germany’s population to its highest level, the Federal Statistical Office said, with more than 84 million people now living in the European Union’s most populous country.

In a report published on Tuesday, the Federal Statistical Office said the population grew by 1%, or 843,000 people, in the first half of 2022. The population grew by just 0.1% over the course of 2021. Germany recorded her 750,000 net immigrants. People from Ukraine in the same period.

Since the reunification of Germany in 1990, only three times has there been a population increase of this magnitude, and each time there has been a wave of refugees.

In 1992, refugees from the war in the former Yugoslavia increased the population by 700,000. In 2015, Germany took in about one million refugees from war in the Middle East.

Germany’s female population increased by 1.2%, significantly more than its male population, which increased by 0.8%. This reflects the fact that mostly women and children fled the war in Ukraine. Men of combat age are prohibited from leaving the country.