Dortmund is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is in the middle part of the state and is considered to be the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of the region. Its population of 575,944 (2013) makes it the 8th largest city in Germany. In addition Dortmund is the largest city by area and population in the Ruhr Area, an urban area with some 5.1 million (2011) inhabitants which is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany.

Population diversity

The most important ethnic group of Dortmund – people without migrant origins – makes up 70.6% of the city’s inhabitants. Foreign residents without German nationality account for 12.8 % of the city’s population, whereas 21.7% of the city’s population is represented by foreign-born nationals. Second and third-generation migrants account for 29.4% of the residents. The largest minority group in the city originates from Turkey (7%).

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