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Swiss population grows - mainly due to immigration

National News // Aug. 31, 2017

The Swiss population grew by over one percent last year, according to new numbers from the Federal Statistics Office.

Pixabay Swiss population grows - mainly due to immigration

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. 

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