BERLIN, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- The number of people with a migrant background who live in Germany increased by about 216,000 in 2011 and made up 19.5 percent of Germany's total population, Wiesbaden-based Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said on Wednesday.
The figure rose 1.4 percent from the previous year, the Destatis said in a press release based on results of the 2011 microcensus, adding that a total of 16.0 million people in Germany had a migrant background. The total German population was 81.8 million in 2011.
According to the Destatis, people with a migrant background are those who have immigrated to Germany since 1950s and their descendants. In 2011, the majority of them (8.8 million) held a German passport, while 7.2 million were foreigners.
Turkey is the biggest source of migrants, accounting for 3.0 million people in 2011, followed by Poland and Russia with 1.5 million and 1.2 million migrants respectively, the office said.