Which nationality moves where in Berlin?

Is it true that Asians prefer eastern districts? Where do Americans prefer to go? What about other countries and nationalities? Answers here!

by Peter Guthmann Published on:

At a glance: Berlin migration by (some) countries

Berlin has many USPs. An old historic city with a tear down wall, capital of a reunited country with a highly dynamic world-class tech startup scene. Around 45,000 expats live in a city with a breathtaking nightlife, an agile and trend-setting art and cultural landscape. Hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world ensure linguistic diversity and enrich hundreds of scientific disciplines. Not surprisingly, many travellers come again and again or stay all the way in Berlin. Which parts of the city or districts are the New Berliners particularly interested in? Is it true that Asians prefer the eastern part of the city, while Americans prefer the classic West Berlin locations? What are the preferences of South Americans? Where do Australians prefer to stay? We took a closer look at some countries. Are you looking for your community in Berlin? We can tell you exactly where your compatriots would like to settle in the German capital. Precisely to the neighborhood. Send us an e-mail.


In Asia we had a look at China, Vietnam, India and Indonesia. In fact, clear preferences can be found here. Traditionally, the Vietnamese in particular have strong roots in Lichtenberg. In purely quantitative terms, however, more Chinese and Indians came to Berlin in 2017. Indonesians are numerically inferior, but they also prefer Lichtenberg. In the western part of the city, Charlottenburg appears again and again among the top destinations.


According to the movement data of the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistical Office, Russian migrations moved more strongly to Mitte and Tempelhof in 2017. Is Charlottenburg giving up its reputation as "Charlottengrad"? Charlottenburg was already very popular among exiled Russians in the twenties of the last century, later also after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

USA and Kanada

Americans and Canadians prefer the classics Kreuzberg, Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. 

South America: Brazil and Argentina.

While the Brazilians mostly focus on Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, the Argentinians moved to Friedrichshain and Neukölln in 2017. 

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