International academic staff at the four largest German non-university research institutes, since 2010

In 2019, around 14,100 employed researchers with foreign citizenship worked at the four largest non-university research institutes (NURI). Since 2010, their number has more than doubled (+107%).

The strongest increase can be observed at the Max Planck Society by 176%. In the institutions of the Helmholtz Association and the Leibniz Association, there has also been a significant increase in international scientific staff since 2010, by 94% and 132% respectively. One exception is the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, where the number of international researchers fell sharply between 2010 and 2014. Since then, however, the number has been rising steadily again and in 2019 almost reached the level of 2011, when it recorded the highest number of international researchers to date.

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