Yet another statistic that indicates population decline rather than the Malthusian myth of a looming over-population problem.
Thefigures released by Germany's Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) showed that the country had seen no increase in population for the first time since 2011.
83.2 million people were living in Germany at the end of 2020. Destatis attributed the population plateau to lower immigration because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and an increase in the number of deaths.
Since German reunification, the population has — with only a few exceptions — tended to increase. However, this population growth has resulted exclusively from positive net immigration. Without more people immigrating than emigrating, the population would have been shrinking since 1972 with more deaths than births in every year since then.
Germany's birth or fertility rates have been well below global and even European averages ever since the Second World War.
The number of deaths appears to have risen noticeably. The estimate for 2020 is 755,000 to 775,000 births compared with at least 980,000 deaths.
The estimated net migration into Germany of between 180,000 and 240,000 for the year. That would be the fifth successive year in which the number sank following the peak during the migration crisis of 2015.