More than half a million people with Turkish roots are living in Germany than had been previously suspected, it was reported on Saturday. The discovery occurred because the way statisticians categorize people has changed.
These latest figures, revealed by daily newspaper the Süddeutsche Zeitung, have caused a ripple of surprise.
The 300-page Migration Report for 2011, which the federal cabinet signed off on this week, is a veritable encyclopedia for immigration researchers and politicians.
The 2010 report showed 2.48 million residents with Turkish roots, but the 2011 report said there were 2.95 million. The paper said that was odd, as an immigration of a half-million people would surely have been noticed.
Additionally, the number of people living in Germany with a Turkish passport actually dropped between 2010 and 2011 by nearly 22,000.
A change in the way people are counted, according to the Berlin-based “Media Service for Integration” caused the final figures to come out differently.
The nearly half-million increase has to do with 471,000 children, born in Germany to families with a Turkish background and are German since birth.