German Health Minister Jens Spahn attends a cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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Germany recorded a bounce in the birth rate in 2016, official statistics showed Wednesday, hitting a 43-year high helped along by large numbers of recently-arrived migrants.Some 792,131 children were born in Europe's most populous nation in 2016, federal statistics authority Destatis said, an increase of 7.0 percent over the previous year.Long a birth-rate laggard among European countries, the 2016 surge brought the figure in Germany to 1.59 children per woman, around the continent-wide average and the highest since 1973 .
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