EU-Switzerland: Immigration reflects job growth

EU-Switzerland: Immigration reflects job growth
EU-Switzerland: Immigration reflects job growth

High European immigration reflects job growth

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Immigration from European countries reached record levels last year in Switzerland. It reflects job growth and the low unemployment rate. It also helps offset the effects of the aging population, Seco reported on Monday.

In total, 68,000 people from the EU/EFTA immigrated to Switzerland last year, writes the State Secretariat for the Economy in its 20th report of the Observatory on the Free Movement of People. This is 29% more than a year earlier.

Before that, immigration within the framework of the free movement of people had only been higher in 2008, just before the economic and financial crisis (72,100 people).

Seco points out that immigration and job growth go hand in hand in Europe. This also applies to Switzerland, where employment growth has “significantly exceeded” the EU average over the past 20 years. It was also solid in 2023, while the unemployment rate reached its lowest level since 2001.

The indigenous potential was already well exploited.

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