Swiss population grows - mainly due to immigration
The Swiss population grew by over one percent last year, according to new numbers from the Federal Statistics Office.
All cantons recorded a growing population.
The main driver was immigration. The foreign born population grew by 2.6% while native born only by 0.6%.
There are now 2.1 million foreigners living in the country, making up a quarter of the total population.
Also, fewer foreigners are leaving Switzerland. That trend has been the same since 2013.
But the number of nationalizations is also down - but that’s from a very high figure from last year, likely to have been triggered by the 2014 referendum to bring in quotas for EU citizens.
That measure has not been fully implemented.