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Islam in Germany

Last Updated on September 7, 2021

Islam gained prominence in Germany as a result of legal labor migration in the 1960s and waves of political refugees since the 1970s. The number of Muslims residing in Germany increased between 2010 and 2016 from 3.3 million (4.1 percent of the population) to about 5 million ( 6.1 percent), while the number of other residents decreased slightly from 77.1 million to 76.5 million. According to

Total population: 82.5 million
Muslim Population (2014): 4.95 million
Muslim Population (2018): 6.45 million (+2.1%)

Islam in Germany
Since 2014, another 1.8 million Muslims entered Germany as Immigrants of which mostly have been classified as Economic or Welfare migrants

Immigration in recent years has contributed significantly to the increase in the Muslim population in Germany. According to the German Interior Ministry, about 25 percent of Muslims are recent immigrants, with an estimated 1.2 million Muslim immigrants entering the country between 2011 and 2016 illegally.

Most of the Muslim population in Germany are of Turkish descent, and most of them maintain strong ties to Turkey. Others arrived from Bosnia and Kosovo during the Balkan wars. The majority of the Muslim population settles in major cities such as Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg, which have many mosques and those cities are centers of Islamic life and culture in Germany.

The government continued to hold Conference on dialogue, in partnership with Muslims in the country, which was launched in 2006. The aim of the dialogue was to improve the religious and social participation of the Muslim population, highlight the contributions of Muslims to the German society and strengthen partnerships between the government and Islamic organizations.

Illegal Immigrations by Muslims to Germany

With the Open Policy of all borders by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015, Germany has attracted a large number of illegal economic immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iraq that entered Germany without documentations which is a major security issue in Germany for years to come.