Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Around 2.75 million people with foreign citizenship lived in North Rhine-Westphalia at the end of 2020.

Compared to the previous year, this means an increase of 1.6 percent, reported the State Statistical Office on Monday, based on an evaluation of the central register of foreigners.

This means that the number of people with foreign citizenship in North Rhine-Westphalia has risen for the eleventh year in a row.

The statisticians found the greatest increases compared to the end of 2019 among people with Syrian (+14 200), Romanian (+11 200), Bulgarian (+9100), Iraqi (+2200) and Spanish (+1600) citizenship.

The biggest falls were among Turks (−4900), Chinese (-1500), British (−1100), Japanese (−700) and US Americans (−500).

Despite the declining number, the Turks, with almost half a million (487,500) people, were by far the largest group of nationalities among the foreigners living in North Rhine-Westphalia.

In second place were people with Syrian citizenship (239,800), followed by people with Polish (221,400), Romanian (149,400) and Italian citizenship (143,400).


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