A quarter of people living in Germany have foreign roots

A quarter of all people living in Germany have a migrant background _ the highest figure yet recorded in the country of 83 million

The German Statistical Office said Wednesday that 25.5% of the population, or about 20.8 million people, have migrant roots according to the latest figures from 2018. That's an increase of 2.5% compared with 2017.

The agency defines a person as having a "migrant background" if they or at least one parent held a foreign passport at birth.

After World War II, millions of workers from Turkey helped rebuild Germany. Many never returned home, but instead brought their families.

More recently, over a million migrants fled to Germany from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.