According to the latest data from Germany's Federal Statistics Office
, over 660,000 people moved to Germany from another country in the first 6 months of 2014. This is a dramatic increase by 112,000 people seen moving to Germany the previous year. Therefore, this shows that net-migration in Germany has increased by 17% in the first half of 2014. The majority of new immigrants came from Europe, main countries included Romania (98,000), Poland (96,000) and Bulgaria (38,000). The record also shows that 21,000 immigrants came over from Croatia, which is a huge increase of 202% compared to the previous year. Despite this dramatic rise in immigration, a number of global organisations have urged Germany to increase its skilled immigration programme to help maintain economic strength. German chancellor Angela Merkel stated in May 2013 that Germany needs to be more open towards skilled professionals coming to live and work in the country, encouraging more to be done about its immigration programme. As a result, Germany's government has been looking at ways in which to attract more skilled immigrants, including the possibility of introducing a points-based system similar to ones used in Australia and Canada.