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Swiss Immigration Increased by 100,000 Last Year

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 22 February 2024

Switzerland experienced a notable increase in net immigration, with 81,345 more foreigners arriving than leaving, driven by economic growth and demand for workers post-COVID-19, according to the State Secretariat for Migration.

Swiss Immigration Increased by 100,000 Last Year
Keystone/SDA – FRANK AUGSTEIN

Immigration to Switzerland increased last year. 98,851 more people immigrated than emigrated. According to the federal government, net immigration thus increased by 11.8% compared to 2022. The main reason for this is the high demand on the labor market.

In 2023, immigration to the permanent foreign resident population increased by 19,118 people compared to the previous year, as reported by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) on Thursday. At the same time, 75,291 people emigrated from the permanent foreign resident population, 1555 more than in 2022.

A total of 181,553 people immigrated to Switzerland, 71.9% of whom were from an EU or EFTA member state. Immigration from the EU and EFTA increased by 14.1% to 130,483 people. Third-country nationals recorded an increase of 6.3% to 51,070 people.

Over a period of 15 years, around 44 percent of all people who entered Switzerland in 2009 will have left by the end of 2023.

©Keystone/SDA

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