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Fewer foreign workers are moving to the Swiss borders

Local News // Aug. 10, 2016
Fewer foreign workers are moving to the Swiss borders

Fewer foreign workers are moving to the Swiss borders, although the amount in the Lake Geneva region remains high.

Le Matin reports that in the 2nd quarter of this year there were just over 308 thousand living in the borders, a 3.3% increase from the same period last year.

The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) say the last time there was such slow growth was in 2009.

Since then, it's exceeded 4% in all quarters and reached more than 7% in 2012.

In total, the number of people living in the borders increased by 47,000 people (18%) the last five years.

The Lake Geneva region is still very attractive and is home to over a third of all border workers in Switzerland.

In Ticino, the number has however declined for the fourth consecutive year by 0.6% at end June.

But the region still attracts more than a quarter of the country's frontaliers.

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