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Growth of Germany’s foreign population slowed last year – statistics office

The number of foreigners living in Germany increased by 2.7 percent last year, a slower rate than in previous years. However, there was a marked increase in the number of non-European Union citizens with work permits, the Federal Statistical Office said on Monday. Nearly 10.92 million people with only foreign citizenship were registered residents at the end of 2018 in Germany, a country of 83 million. That was up from 10.62 million in 2017. The country’s foreign population grew 11.7 percent in 2015 and 10.2 percent in 2016 amid an influx of migrant, and it grew 5.8 percent in 2017, AP said. Some 266,000 non-EU citizens had work permits in Germany at the end of last year, up from 217,000 a year earlier.