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Do migrants have a higher risk of poverty than the rest of the population?

Key Area:
Health And Social Protection
Discrimination, Equality
25/01/2013 - 14:29
Short Answer

Yes. Persons with a migration background have a higher risk of poverty than the rest of the population.

Qualitative Info

In general, the data of the German Microcensus reveal that the at-risk-of-poverty rate slightly decreased between 2005 and 2010. Among the group of persons with a migration background the rate decreased by 7 per cent while the decrease for the total population only amounted to 2 per cent. Yet, with 26.2 per cent in 2010 (2009: 26.7) the at-risk-of-poverty rate for persons with a migration background was still significantly higher than for persons without a migration background, which had a rate of 14.5 per cent (2009: 14.6). The rate for the foreign population was even higher with 31.7 per cent (2009: 31.8 per cent).



  1. Federal Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration) (ed.) (2011), Zweiter Integrationsindikatorenbericht, p.86ff.,;jsessionid=298EFC176E6478E0F8AA3034B5AD2384.s1t1?__blob=publicationFile, Accessed on 30.01.2012.
  2. Armutsgefährdung von Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund (Juli, 2012), Statistisches Bundesamt (Herausgeber):, Accessed on 16.01.2013.
Groups affected/interested Migrants
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Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Health and social protection
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