A quarter of the resident population in Switzerland is not a Swiss citizen. This percentage is one of the highest in the world. But how long do these foreigners stay in Switzerland? The answer depending on the country of origin. A graphic illustrates the migratory characteristics of the foreign population.
This content was published on July 17, 2017 – 4:00 PM
The foreign population is regularly at the center of political debates in Switzerland. swissinfo.ch regularly examines the details of the migration statistics [1, 2, 3], but the question of the length of stay of foreigners has never been investigated.
Thanks to the personal data of the Federal Statistical Office, on which the National Research Center (NFS) NFS – on the goexternal link the migration movement of foreigners who have died in Switzerland since 1998 can be tracked.
Among those immigrants who left the country within fifteen years, the proportion of Japanese, American and Chinese citizens is particularly high (more than 80%). Half of this immigrant group left Switzerland after only two years.
Almost 40% of the foreign resident population comes from the neighboring countries of Switzerland (Italy, France, Germany and Austria). Around 60% of this immigrant group left Switzerland after fifteen years.
According to the calculations of the NFS, half of the foreigners from the EU / EFTA who came to Switzerland in 1998 left the country after seven and a half years.
These figures refer to the immigrants who came to Switzerland before the introduction of the free movement of persons with the EU in 2002.
The NCCR notes that EU citizens who immigrated after the introduction of free movement of persons were more likely to have left the country, which has contributed to the increase in international mobility.
This article was automatically imported from our old editorial system to our new website. If you come across display errors, we ask for your understanding and a hint: [email protected]