Immigration into Geneva slowing
Immigration into Geneva is slowing markedly. Figures released by the Federal Office of Statistics show there was only a climb of just over 3,000 last year. In previous years the canton saw its population increase by more than 8,000 a year.
The cantonal minister of the economy, Pierre Maudet, says the economy is the main reason. The number of jobs available is down 2.2% - that has a direct impact on migration he says.
Some speculate the anti-immigration vote in February 2014 could have has an opposite effect for the past couple of years as people move into Switzerland ahead of possible restrictions – inflating the immigration numbers in 2015 and 2016.
The lower numbers mean the population of Geneva hasn’t reached half a million – yet. It was expected to pass the magic number this year. Now it’s likely to be next year.