Study: Number of Muslims in Germany Increases Significantly

Study: Number of Muslims in Germany Increases Significantly

More than five million Muslims live in Germany – almost one million more than five years ago. Origin and religiosity have become significantly more diverse, as a study shows.

The number of Muslim religious members with a migration background in Germany has increased by around 900,000 in the past six years. According to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), it is currently between 5.3 and 5.6 million. This corresponds to a proportion of the population between 6.4 and 6.7 per cent.

Muslims of Turkish origin are still the largest group of origin. However, they are no longer an absolute majority with 45 per cent. This is due to a significant influx of Muslims from the Near and Middle East countries, which has increased at an above-average rate over the past six years. 1.5 million people from Arab countries now live in Germany.

According to the current study, people with a migration background from predominantly Muslim countries of origin are significantly more religious than people without a migration background. Their share is given as 82 per cent. More than two-thirds of them adhere to special dietary regulations, and almost 40 per cent pray daily. There are hardly any cross-generational or cross-age differences. However, the study shows that women tend to be more religious than men.

Meanwhile, the Islamic associations continue to play an ambivalent role. According to Interior Secretary Markus Kerber, they represent a maximum of 25 per cent of the Muslims living in Germany. From which the question arises for him, whether it was an adequate representative for the majority.

Moreover, Kerber called the financial and ideological dependence of numerous associations from abroad “problematic”. This relates above all to the largest umbrella organization Ditib and its connections to the Office for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) in Ankara. “The Islamic associations are not representative of the entire group of citizens of over five million depicted in this study.”

For the study, more than 4,500 interviews were conducted with people from predominantly Muslim countries of origin. This makes it the most extensive nationwide representative study on Muslim life in Germany.

Photo by Raimond Spekking/Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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