Germany has become the world's second most popular destination for immigrants after the United States, attracting many southern Europeans driven from the ravages of the euro zone financial crisis to overtake Canada and Australia.
Germany soared to second place in the 2012 in a survey of permanent migration published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday. It ranked eighth in 2009. "This really is a boom - without any exaggeration ... no other OECD country experienced such a rise," said Thomas Liebig, an expert on international migration at the Paris-based OECD. (Reuters)