When the figures on foreigners don’t add up
A short reflection on the reasons why certain data and international statistics cannot be compared. The author highlights the fact that countries often cannot or do not want to give up their historical interpretation of the term “foreigner.” Second-generation Turks living in Germany are for example still recorded in the country’s statistical data as foreigners, while compatriots living in the Baltic states are considered Germans without ever setting foot on German soil.
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