«More than 1 million people have come to Germany as migrants since 2015 under Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open door policy.»
However, Merkle’s policies and views on migration have made her unpopular amongst the most conservative and the increasingly powerful far right, both in Germany and in the EU.
On the eve of the CDU voting on Angela Merkle successor for the 2021 Germany election, Reuters published in its photojournalism website “The Wider Image”, a piece that tells the stories of three migrants in Berlin: Ali Mohammad Rezaie from Afghanistan, Haidar Darwish from Syria and Joseph Saliba, from Syria.
They are stories about their own personal pathways to integration in the city of Berlin.
Read it here!
According with official statistics, in 2017, Berlin had a population of over 3.5 million, of which a quarter was foreign.
The most represented countries were Turkey (11.4%), Poland (11.4%) and Italy (4.9%). Originating from the European Union countries were 49% of immigrants, and Portuguese were 1.7%
Berlin was the fifth German state with the largest EU migrant population and the fourth in terms of the lagest Portuguese population, with 10.2%, – or 14 905 out of the total of 146 810 – of all Portuguese living in Germany.
Portuguese migrants have traditionally settled in the more affluent and cosmopolitan German states of the south-west of the country, whose industrial centres imported most of the Portuguese workforce that arrived in the country during the 1960s and 1970s under the “guest workers” program (Gastarbeiterprogramm).
As for Berlin, the city has seen its Portuguese population grow steadily since the fall of the Berlin Wall and until 2017, when, already in the recovery of the finantial crisis which triggered unemployment in southern Europe, the number of Portuguese migrants tripled. However, while the female population doubled to 3 210, the male population quadrupled to 11 695, causing the female population to represent only 22% of the total number of Portuguese migrants in Berlin. The proportion of migrant women is significantly higher in the total immigrant population and among Germans.
The recent significant increase of the Portuguese population in Berlin, as well as the low representation of the female population, are relevant data in the characterization of the Portuguese population in Berlin. These findings open questions and raise hypotheses to be tested in the course of our investigation.