Germany's Goethe-Institut seeing record numbers of students from southern Europe

Monday, June 11, 2012

From here in French. Some of these numbers might be familiar as they are also referenced here, but the first-quarter 2012 numbers are new, I believe.

The Goethe-Institut said Friday that it was seeing record attendance in crisis-affected southern Europe.

In the first quarter of 2012, compared to the same period in the preceding year, the institute recorded an increase in its numbers of 30% in Italy and even more than 50% in Greece. In annual data the progression was less spectacular but equally clear. Between 2010 and 2011 there was a 14% increase in the number of Italians at the institute, and a 10% increase in Greece.

In Spain, this growth was over 35%.

The institute has set up specific courses in Madrid and Barcelona to aid students in making the right moves in the German job market.

The number of immigrants in Germany reached its highest level since 1996 due to an influx of people from southern Europe.

with the country attracting 958,000 people last year, 20% more than in 2010, with 679,000 people leaving the country for a positive migration of 279,000 people. This is also a 15-year record.

The number of immigrants from Greece last year increased by 90% compared to 2010, while the number of new arrivals from Spain climbed by 52%.


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