There are more people living in Germany than ever before, largely thanks to immigration. Here's an explanation of what the new numbers mean. Germany's population reached 82.8 million at the end of 2016, according to government estimates. That's around 600,000 more than the previous year - an increase equivalent to the population of Leipzig - and almost 300,000 more than the previous record year, 15 years ago in 2002. But without immigration - both of refugees and EU nationals - the population would have shrunk. So what do the statistics tell us?

How many people moved to Germany? 
According to the statistics, over the past year at least 750,000 more people moved to Germany than emigrated from the country. In 2015, this figure was even higher, at around 1.1 million.

How accurate is this figure?
The immigration statistics aren't exact, experts warn. The 2011 census proved this: the official count showed that around one million fewer foreigners were living in Germany as had been thought. There are a few reasons for this, for example the fact that many immigrants do not inform authorities when they return home or move to another country, while others end up being registered twice.

What's more, many refugees who arrived in Germany during the 2015 migration influx were only officially registered in 2016. According to Sebastian Klüsener, an expert at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, the actual number of people who moved to Germany in 2016 is likely to be several tens of thousands lower than the official figure.

Where do the immigrants come from?
The 2016 statistics don't show this precisely. But experts agree that as well as refugees from war-zones and crisis-hit areas, economic immigrants from East Europe and other EU countries play an important role in Germany's population growth. "EU migration was more significant than refugee migration in 2016," said Thomas Liebig from the OECD.

What about births and deaths?
Each year, more people die in Germany than are born there, meaning the population would shrink if it weren't for immigration. The so-called 'birth deficit' is estimated at between 150,000 and 190,000. "The number of newborns rose slightly in 2016 compared with the previous year, and the number of deaths has risen to roughly the same level as in the previous year," explains statistician Reinhold Zahn.

How can the 'birth deficit' be tackled?
The number of women of child-bearing age in Germany is currently lower than the number of elderly people, meaning that even if these women were to have more children, it would be tough to compensate for the number of deaths.

Herbert Brücker of the Institute for Employment Research noted that: "Migration also increases birth rates," not because immigrants have a particularly high number of children, but because they are generally young.

Is population growth good?
Immigrants from the EU usually come to Germany to look for work. "Labor migration helps us to cope with demographic change," says Brücker. "The public budgets, the pension insurance systems, for example, are a good thing, as is the fact that we do not have to go into the population shrinkage."

What are the prospects for 2017?
It's hard to say. For one thing, it's impossible to predict how Brexit will affect European migration. "This could go in both directions," says Liebig from the OECD. "The labor market is still receptive," Holger Bonin, of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), emphasizes. The economist also believes that fewer refugees will arrive in Germany over the coming year.

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On Wednesday, 1. February 2017, an African was shot by Hamburg police at Bremer Reihe near Hamburg main train station. Different sources and witnesses say, the Black man was under influence of alcohol during the shooting. Other circumstances are not clear yet. However, some Hamburg police has become highly aggressive and uncontrolled with the manner they approach Africans.

There are many reports which prove how the police in Hamburg has developed an aggressive energy of mistreatment and violence against Africans at Hafenstraße, St. Georg, Bremer Reihe etc. We want to remind you of Africans like Oury Jalloh, Jaja Diabi and Laya Condé who all died at the hands of a racist German police . The brutality and killings of these Africans by German police without any legal consequences should not allow to encourage Hamburg police to start the new method of shooting at Blacks.

*Lampedusa in Hamburg and other anti-racists groups reject these violations of human dignity and respect!*
This is a vital and amiable call to the civil society: Let us rise against police brutality, violations of human rights and mistreatments of Africans! 
Show your dear solidarity and be part of this demonstration! Let us all stand up and stop this unjust Hamburg police attitude!

A bank on the outskirts of Berlin was robbed on Tuesday morning by several armed men. The robbers reportedly left their getaway cars on fire under a bridge in the city centre.

The men, who were heavily armed with sub-machine guns and tear gas, broke into a bank in Frohnau on the outskirts of Berlin before it opened at 10am and carried out a violent heist to steal from the bank's main vault, police report.

Media reports suggest there were between four and five robbers.

Bild.de is reporting that investigators say this was a million-euro job.

The men reportedly got into the bank by attacking a 42-year-old cleaner, whereupon they waited for the other employees to arrive for work.

The gang waited for the workers to arrive one-by-one, attacked them, and restrained them with cable-ties so that they couldn't sound the alarm, according to police.

Bild reports that the men threatened the bank clerks by pointing sub-machine guns at their heads as they were restrained.

When all of the employees had arrived for work, they were made to open the vault in the basement of the bank. There they opened 100 individual safes and stole the contents.

Thankfully the employees were not seriously injured but the cleaner was slightly hurt and taken to hospital for shock.
With their plunder, the culprits fled the scene. Police are unable to say where they fled to and are appealing for witnesses.

But Bild reported a potential lead as two burned cars were found in central Berlin late on Tuesday evening. Under an S-Bahn bridge in the Tiergarten district, police discovered a VW Golf and an Audi 80 that had been burned out. Bild claims to have information which indicates the cars belonged to the robbers.

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St. Georg -
Early sunday morning, feb 19th, 2017, a 30 year old man attacked two security staffs at the Hamburg main station (HBF) with his Urine.
One of the the security staffs got a much more larger share of the mans disgusting liquid right in the face.


Information from Hamburg Police stated that the two railway employees approached the 30 year old around 7:40am while he was urinating into a mug at the train station.

They tried to yell at him to stop but the man was rather offended that the men did not allow him to urinate in peace. He got enraged and frustrated and then proceeded to pour the content of the mug over the two security officers.


A police officer came to the scene and brought the man down to the ground . The man became even more aggressive and was taken to the police station where he was booked to appear in courta at a later date and later he was released. He was said to be sobber and of correct senses when he committed this distasteful act!


No words as to how the security fficers are doing.

What would you do if it was you?  leave your comment below

Aside the spiritual renewal churches provide to their members, they also contribute immensely to the social life of the Ghanaian Community. The euphoria after the church service, as people chat with their friends, is a pleasant scene. Despite these benefits provided by the church, they are not doing enough towards the development of the Ghanaian Community in Hamburg.

Problems linger within the Ghanaian circle in Hamburg in the context of community development that the church does absolutely nothing about. Many Ghanaians in Hamburg have lower status in Germany because of their employment. These issues can be addressed by improving the educational and professional situation of second-generation of the Ghanaian community. To undertake such projects requires institutions with established structures such as the church, however most church policies and projects does not address these issues.

The developmental policies of big Ghanaian churches in Hamburg such as the Ghana Catholic Mission Hamburg and Ebenezer Methodist Church are focused in Ghana. These big churches, with such potential to lead in the development of the Ghanaian Community in Hamburg, remain blinded to the gradual retrogression of the community. The activity of church leaders towards the wellbeing of the Ghanaian who was recently shot remains to be seen.

Interviews of Ghanaians captured in the recent report by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) reveal development of negative views of Churches. One of the interviewees feels church is an avenue to make money. ‘The incredibly large number of church communities are fragmented. Two or three years ago, Hamburg was said to have 90 church communities. But they always manage to find an astonishing number of members (...) that is also an economic factor, they are profitable. We went to one of them, it was just a money collecting machine.

Who does a mother expect to feed her kids, if she keeps giving all food stuffs away? It is time for the Ghanaian Churches to take care of their own in Hamburg. It is time to improve our educational and professional situation collectively and strategically. Church leaders shouldn’t forget that the great Martin Luther King was also a clergy man who paid his dues to the black community development in USA. If the churches’ will is stirred, they shall find a way to do so. After all, it is written: “We can do all things through Christ who strengthen us”

By Felix Amoako Boampong

The people whose deportation have been temporarily suspended, and hold a residence permit in accordance with section 60 A subsection 2 sentence 3 of the Residence Act (AufenthG), as well as holders of a residence permit in accordance with section 25 subs. 5 of the Residence Act, are also encouraged to attend the integration courses.
 
 
From 1st January 2017, the new Integration Act (Integrationsgesetz) (of 6 August 2016) requires the people in the above named categories to attend an integration course by the providers of the benefits in accordance with the Asylum-Seekers’ Benefits Act (Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz).
 
 
If you belong to one of these groups of individuals and are receiving benefits in accordance with the Asylum-Seekers’ Benefits Act, the particular authority which is providing your benefits may call on you to attend a course.
 
 
It is extremely important for you to an integration course if you are required by the law to do so. You should not only promptly register for a course but also attend it. This is because your benefits may be reduced if you fail to do so. You are exempt from the costs of the integration course.
 
After receiving your certificate of eligibility for the integration course (Berechtigungsschein) from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, you can choose an integration course provider.
 
 
You can find a provider in your area using the WebGIS search engine.
 
You can consult the entire range of courses and free places using the KURSNET (http://kursnet-finden.arbeitsagentur.de/kurs/) platform.
 
It is also possible for you to obtain a list of course providers from the immigration authority or from an immigration advisory service (Migrationsberatungsstelle).
 
After finding a course provider in your area, please register with them to attend the integration course and hand in your certificate of eligibility.
 
You will have to sit an assessment test to ascertain your knowledge of German. The course provider will then help you select a suitable course, as well as tell you when the next course is due to begin.
 
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Above is the image of the victim in a yellow Lacost t-shirt and khaki pants, involved in the recent shooting incidence that happened this month in Hamburg .The incidence caused a stire and rage among the African community in the Diaspora. The community organised a protest march against the German police, demanding the whereabout and welfare of the victim.

The 34 year old victim, Augustine Akwasi Obang hails from the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He is currently receiving medical attention at the ASKLEPIOS KLINIKUM ST.GEORG (Hospital)  Lohlmühlenstraße 5, Haus C, in Hamburg Germany.
The acting Ambassador of Ghana to Germany, Mr Samuel Adotey Anum took keen interest in the case right from day one. On Wednesday, the 15th of February 2017, at exactly 14:21 Mr Anum, his assistant and two reporters of Topafric Media Network, namely Effiya and Henock visited the ASKLEPIOS KLINIKUM ST.GEORG in Hamburg.

Upon arrival at the hospital,  the name AUGUSTINE AKWASI OBENG was no where to be found on the hospital's data. The lady at the reception made it clear, if his name was not on the computer then he is not in the hospital. 
Unfortunately the name is AUGUSTINE AKWASI OBANG and not AUGUSTINE AKWASI OBENG. 
The hospital receptionist demanded an identity card from the acting Ambassador before permitting him to see the victim. Security was very tight, with two security officers guiding the entrance

After about 45 minutes, Mr. Anum come out confirming Augustine is in good health and of sound mind and was even happy to see him. He said both had a normal conversatiom from the onset until he asked the victim to share his own side of the story.
According to the acting ambassador, his worry was why the two policemen and a handcuff on his right leg to the bed. He however adviced that it was better to withhold the victim's own side of the story until investigations are thouroughly conducted.
He again pleaded with the community leadership to allow the lawyer of the victim to legally handle the case while they patiently wait for the outcome.

EFFIYA AGYEIWAAH

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