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Pedro Candeias*
Portuguese emigration to Germany goes back to the 1960s, during the period of the formal guest worker program. This influx began to decrease from 1974 but recovered with a new breath with the fall of the Berlin wall. It reached its peak in the mid-1990s and then declined until the mid-2000s. Since then and until 2013 it has been growing. In 2015 lived in Germany 133,929 Portuguese citizens. The Portuguese in Germany are largely of working age with a slightly higher proportion of men than women. Based on the stock of Portuguese, there seem to have been three waves of migration to Germany — one that arrived more than 40 years ago, another between 20 and 25 years ago, and a more recent one that has been in Germany for less than 4 years. More than half of the Portuguese live in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and in Baden-Württemberg.


Series  Country Reports
Number  4
Date  october 2017
Pages  68
ISSN  2183-8291
DOI  10.15847/CIESOEMCR042017 
Keywords Germany, Portuguese emigration, official statistics.
Index Index of tables and graphs. Introduction. Resident population of Portuguese nationality. Naturalization. Immigrants and immigrants. Shipments. References.
Cite as  Candeias, Pedro (2017), “Alemanha”, OEm Country Reports, 4, Observatório da Emigração, CIES-IUL, ISCTE-IUL. DOI: 10.15847/CIESOEMFS042017


Chart 24 Population born in Portugal resident in Germany, by length of stay in Germany, 2015 (percentage)

Source /ficheiro Bevölkerung mit Migrationshintergrund - Ergebnisse des Mikrozensus - Fachserie 1 Reihe 2,2 - 2015 / Tab3I (accessed on 16-11-2016).


* Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisboa, Portugal
Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG), Investigação em Ciências Sociais e Gestão (SOCIUS/CSG), Portugal

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