Migrant Miracle

Germany Opens the Door

A potential win-win situation: immigrants in Germany. Source Caro / Ponizak
A potential win-win situation: immigrants in Germany. Source Caro / Ponizak
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Without immigration, Germany will face a labor shortage and aging population, denting economic growth and hurting state finances.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Germany is now the most popular destination for migrants worldwide after the United States.
    • The 6.6 million non-Germans in Germany contributed to a welfare surplus of €22 billion in 2012.
    • Without more immigrants, the German population will shrink by 20 million by 2060.
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Mehmet Tanriverdi’s story is the typical German dream. He came to Germany from Turkey when he was 18 and founded not one, but two companies here. His own translation firm financed his degree in electrical engineering.

Now, at 52, he is prospering with two companies: Translate4you, which employs 70 freelancers, and Meta Bearings Distribution in Gießen, which supplies rolling contact and ball bearings for the automotive industry.

“When you’re founding a company, it doesn’t make a difference whether you’re an immigrant or not,” he said in perfect German. “My name didn’t matter.”

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