Germany: Why More Children Are Born in the East

Germany, like other Western European countries, has seen a rise in its birthrate in recent years, largely due to increasing numbers of Third World immigrants, who tend to have higher fertility rates. In other words, new Germans are generally produced by “New Germans”, most of them Muslims.

However, eastern Germany — the former DDR — is the exception. In the East the increase in the birthrate is being driven by ethnic German women, whose fertility rate has risen significantly since Communist times.

Many thanks to JLH for translating this article from Die Welt:

Why More Children Are Born in the East

by Ulli Kulke
October 18, 2016

Foreign women are raising the average German birthrate. At the same time, Saxony, where there are few foreigners, is the most fruitful state in Germany. How this contradiction can be explained.

The announcement — including in Die Welt — about the recent rise in Germany’s birthrate is a little surprising. On the one hand, announced the Federal Bureau of Statistics, this rise in 2015 was traceable overwhelmingly to newborns of women of foreign origin. On the other hand, the pinnacle was achieved in Saxony, while the birthrate in Berlin has changed almost not at all.

At first glance, this is amazing.

Don’t we hear daily in the present social debate that a very small number of foreigners live in the eastern German states, in contrast to Berlin and also the western German states? So how can the higher birthrate of foreigners be most noticeable in Saxony (as also in Thuringia and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)?

“This is not the contradiction it seems to be,” says Olga Pötsch of the Federal Bureau of Statistics. “The birthrate in eastern German states overtook the western German level in 2007, and has since then increased disproportionately.” So the number of births there has already reached a comparatively high level. The increase in absolute numbers from 2014 to 2015 was greater, even though fewer foreigners lived there.

It is also true that the comparatively few foreigners in Saxony and Thuringia also contributed disproportionately, but the many natives also participated in the growth of the birthrate. In 2014 they were even able to achieve a higher birthrate than the immigrants.

Women From the Balkans, Especially, Raising the Birthrate

The widespread opinion that after the fall of the Wall the steep drop in the birthrate in the eastern German states began an irreversible trend is wrong. The dramatic decline in births per woman from 1.5 to 1.0 in 1990 — the last year of the German Democratic Republic — continued to .8 in 1993, before it headed steeply up. In contrast to these dramatic vacillations in the east, where in 1979 — still deep in the GDR era — the mark of 2.0 was nearly passed, was an unsteadily wavering curve of 1.3 to 1.4 in the west.

The development in 2015 sobered the pollsters a bit, according to Olga Pötsch, following the euphorically greeted data of 2014, when the birthrate in the east and the west jumped from1.42 to 1.47. And this growth was largely attributable to German women and less to foreigners.

In contrast, the rise was halved in 2015 and the curve rose to just 1.5. In the past year, according to the Federal Bureau of Statistics, women from the Balkans especially have contributed to the increase in births. These are presumably asylum seekers or acknowledged refugees, about which the data from Wiesbaden offers no exact information.

Photo caption:

According to the Federal Bureau of Statistics, more babies are being brought into the world in Germany. After decades of decline, the trend in the birthrate now seems to be changing.


Births in Germany by national origin of mother

14 thoughts on “Germany: Why More Children Are Born in the East

  1. I’m from Leipzig and have 4 children (3 boys, 1 girl) my husband is a white southafrican of dutch descent, the fact that I married a south african man has certainly helped me to decide to have 4 children, this had been impossible with the average brainwashed, selfish and often vasectomized german men (west german men in particular) white southafricans men and women don’t think that parenthood is a nitghmare or a transgression against the rest of the world, to southafricans a big family is a potent survival estrategy against the odds of an often hostile land, we germans have a lot to learn from white southafricans. We lived in Pretoria after we got married but when I get pregnant with first son (13 years ago) we decided that violent South Africa was not the place we wanted to raise our baby, so we moved back to Germany which now is on the verge of turning into a violent southafrican slum.

    • Good for you. You have a survival instinct sorely lacking in many Westerners. My wishes is that the Afrikaners and people of similar views and culture can somehow carve out another territory, and this time hang onto it.

    • I wish you luck. The cultural Marxists are heavily prejudiced against white South Africans as well as white Rhodesians (white people in general actually), to the extent that asylum is routinely denied to these groups. The situation in Germany (and the rest of Europe) is worrying for all of us, but especially for people with children.

      • Imagine what would happen in the Netherlands if easy-to-integrate Afrikaners were to be allowed to immigrate in large numbers. They’d be an easy fit: the language hasn’t varied that much (i.e., a few months and all is good, probably). Oh, I know why they’re not being encouraged to move: they’d be a steady supply of right-wing votes.

        Ergo, by parallel conclusion, the current patterns are a steady supply of left-wing votes…

    • Nancy this was my experience with west german men also. I was shocked when two childless men in their early 20s told me wanted a vasectomy. Studies focus on the women but it is often the men who don’t want children.

  2. I’ll repeat my thesis: life was harder and less certain under the Communists. As a result, survival instincts were much more necessary in East Germany than in the welfare state of the West.

    The DDR territories should consider breaking off again and declaring themselves a separate country, with real borders and defiance towards the EU mandate of free migration between European countries. They would have to handle such a secession skillfully, or face a probably invasion by Germany or NATO forces. Prior to the US Civil War, Confederate president Jefferson Davis invited invasion of the Confederacy by attacking a peaceful US Fort Sumter.

    In any case, a necessary condition for even a future DDR to maintain its quality is for the government to not divert resources towards subsidizing childbearing by non-productive people. Otherwise, the DDR population will be as docile and susceptible to invasion as the population of the present West German territories are now.

    • Don’t understand your last point. We know who the non-productive people are and they are anything but docile. That fact is one of the huge flaws in the evil Kalergi plan.

        • Thank you.

          I always appreciate it when anyone lets me know that something I say is unclear. It’s my responsibility to write so that people understand what I’m saying. Otherwise, why bother?

          • RonaldB – that’s the hallmark of a genuine communicator. The St. Francis Prayer says, “let me seek to understand” but I like Peter Drucker’s rule about speech better: it doesn’t matter what we say; what counts is what our interlocutor hears (or reads).

            With online comments/essays, there seem to be different rules for engaging others since cyberspace is particularly charged with possibilities for ambiguity and misunderstanding. Those emoticons help some, especially when one is being ironic or tongue-in-cheek.

            That said, your responsibility to write so that people understand what I’m saying must needs be limited to your interlocutor’s willingness to *listen* – i.e., read carefully.

  3. How do they define fertility rate? Ability to get pregnant or actual pregnancies. The causes appear to me to be separate issues.

    • IIRC the enumerator would be the total of a given cohort of babies born (within a particular time) and the denominator being the number of fertile females (alive within that same time period). Wish I could figure out how to write that out. Anyway, the “rate” does not depend on anything outside the cohorts. Large population or small, you can still measure the rate at which fertile women produce live children.

  4. This is what happens when christians turn the back to God. If the Germans would have remained christians they would know that marriage is a sacrament and children are blessed. Actually to have a Christian family one needs to strive to have at least three children as the Bible states ” grow and multiply” so one multiply from three and above. But thanks to the non christians that brainwash the people with the nihilist ideologies i.e. feminsm it is more important to pursue vanity than to pick up the cross
    And follow Me

  5. Germans do not have to fear Balkan people. Mostly of them (80%) are Christian and they integrate and share European values. They are not the problem. In fact, I’m from Croatia and I can tell you that many Croats see Germany as their big brother or a guardian. They helped us the most during our war of independence.
    My point is that Balkan people are not the problem. Only problem are third world (particulary Muslims) migrants, who DO NOT care for European values and are only interested in welfare money. They spread like a plague and future does not look bright if they spread too much in Europe. We won’t even have democracies and tolerance if they become significant percentage in EU.
    Hard truth for brainwashed Germans, but that’s how it is. Wake up.

Comments are closed.