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German immigration has soared in the last 20 years due to a wave of jobseekers from southern and eastern Europe, the BBC reports viagra pour acheter.

Over one million people moved to Germany in 2012, which is the highest level of immigration since 1995, records show.

Despite record immigration, Germany’s economy has weathered the storm in the Eurozone crisis, which has destroyed the economies of Greece, Spain and some other EU countries which all have record unemployment.

The majority of workers migrating to Germany come from Poland and Romania.

Germany saw immigration rise by 13% over the previous year.

“The rise in immigration from EU countries hit by the financial and debt crisis is particularly strong”, the German statistics office said.

The rise in immigration from Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy was a jump of 40-45% compared with the 2011 figures.

Poland heads the list of countries of origin in 2012, with 68,122 Poles moving to Germany, followed by Romania (45,684), Hungary (26,165), Bulgaria (25,044) and Greece (21,970).

Non-EU immigration jumped by 14% from Africa and by 10% from Asia.

Emigration of people from Germany last year was 712,000.

Germany also experienced a huge rise in 2011 over the year before in immigration from Mediterranean countries.

Free movement of workers is a core principle enshrined in EU treaties, but has come under increasing pressure amid fears of large-scale migration provoked by recession. Temporary restrictions, such as those imposed on Bulgaria and Romania, are allowed if countries can give evidence of local labour market difficulties. Source: BBC.

Non-EU migrants to an EEA country can enjoy free movement throughout the Schengen visa area of Europe once they are resident in an EU state.

Smaller EU nations have relaxed immigration controls in order to attract cash-rich investors or entrepreneurs who are prepared to start a business in return for resident ‘blue card’ permits for them and their family and or business partners. The amounts needed to obtain a visa are far lower than the UK and there are no IELTS tests to pass.

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