At one point in the not too distant past, most people lived their entire life in one country. However as a result of political agreements, economic conditions, the growth of a more mobile and more globally aware society and, unfortunately, war and conflicts migration has grown rapidly and is now a world-wide aspect of modern culture.
There is no doubt that the formation of the EU, which allows for unrestricted movement of citizens between member nations, has been a major contributor to this phenomenon. Germany, the EU’s most dominant economic and political member nation, has become a popular migrant destination.
With that in mind, TransferGo has compiled a basic introduction to the various aspects of moving to Germany, similar to the one we presented on moving to the UK.
It is important to note that despite much of the current rhetoric, migration is not a new phenomenon, especially in regards to Germany. Over 7 million of the country’s population of about 82 million are not German citizens, when you add in second generation Germans that number doubles. The number of migrants in Germany has been steadily growing since the 1960s when Germany first began to invite “guest workers” to migrate in order to work. Most of the migrant population lives in the urban areas in western Germany.