Germany saw sharpest immigration rise in years in 2014

March 16, 2015 11:10 AM

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Germany saw sharpest immigration rise in years in 2014

BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of foreigners living in Germany grew at the fastest rate in more than two decades last year, the Statistics office said on Monday, data that is likely to fuel an already heated debate on immigration.

Figures showed an increase of 519,340 people, or 6.8 percent, from a year earlier, many of them Syrians fleeing war and Romanians and Bulgarians seeking work -- marking a second year in a row of record immigration in Europe's largest economy.

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