Could migrants be the answer to Germany’s declining fertility rate?

The birthrate is now the highest it has been in forty years

With birthrates in the West on the decline, Germany seems to be reversing the trend, at least on its own soil.
Germany’s birth rate has been a matter of concern for a very long time, as the domestic population continues to embrace a culture and economic policy that really doesn’t favour kids and families. Meanwhile, with the increasing surge of refugees that continue to flood into Europe, particularly, in this case, Germany, the birthrate among migrants has been precisely the opposite.

In 2016, Germany realized 792,131 births, which was up by a staggering 7% from the 737,575 recorded in 2015, according to the German Federal Statistics Office. A notable increase in the statistics is attributable to migrant women, who birthed 25% more children, at 184,660, versus the 3% increase noticed among German women, at 607,500 births.

While the birthrate amongst German women saw this level of growth, taking the birthrate from 1.43 to 1.46, the statistics grew by a larger rate with migrant women, taking the migrant birthrate brom 1.95 to 2.28. This brings the general overall birthrate in Germany to 1.59 children per woman, which is the highest it has been in over 40 years.

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