A majority of Germans believe immigrants and refugees are "very" or "rather" welcome in their country, according to a Bertelsmann Foundation study released Friday.

Immigrants were more welcome than asylum seekers: 59 percent of Germans said they welcomed refugees, while 70 percent felt the same way about immigrants.

A larger proportion of survey respondents — 54 percent — believed Germany had reached its limit in its refugee intake, up from 40 percent in 2015.

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