Net immigration from EU at lowest level in a decade
Net immigration from European Union countries and three member states of the European Free Trade Association is the lowest in 10 years, down 27% last year to 35,000, according to the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO.
Yesterday SECO said that net immigration from the 28 EU countries, as well as Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland, had fallen from 61,000 in 2013 to 35,000, the lowest level since 2006.
The number of immigrants from Portugal, Spain and Germany, where unemployment levels have fallen, dropped considerably last year compared to 2015.
Net foreign immigration to Switzerland has fallen for three consecutive years. Last year, total net immigration was 56,300. By the end of last year, Switzerland was home to just over two million foreigners.