According to official data from the city’s Office of Statistics and Elections, more than half of Frankfurt residents, for the first time, have a migrant background.
According to Fr.de, 51.2% of residents in the city have a migrant background. “We have minorities with relatively large numbers in Frankfurt but no group with a clear majority,” said Sylvia Weber, the city’s Secretary of Integration.
Turks are the largest non-German minority in the city, representing 13% of the overall population. 61% of residents come from other European Union (EU) countries.
Researchers have predicted this change – which has left Frankfurt with no clear majority – for quite some time now.
“If there is no longer an ethnic majority group, everyone will have to adapt to everyone else. Diversity will become the new norm,” said the authors of the book “Super-Diversity: A New Perspective on Integration,” which was published last year, celebrating the new shift in demographics as a great opportunity for “social justice.”
The book further stated, “this will require one of the largest psychological shifts of our time,” but “soon, everyone living in a large European city will belong to an ethnic minority group, just as they do in New York,” a city they believe to be a “vibrant metropolitan melting pot.”
As for the 200-page report confirming the shift in Germany’s demographics, it found a number of other interesting things as well.
83% of German men, 73% of men with foreign backgrounds, 78% of German women, and 59% of foreign women, are employed.
49% of people that were born abroad fall below the poverty line, which is much more than natives, of which only 23% fall below the line.
Sylvia Weber believes the number of single mothers from a migrant background, which is higher than the amount of natives, is “a possible sign that female migrants are emancipating themselves.”