Research shows migrants contribute to country more than they take
New research shows migrants in Switzerland contribute more to the country than they take, a third will leave the country within the year, and only half stay for more than three years.
The figures from the Federal Statistics Office show a quarter of the population is non-Swiss, but 38% have a migration background.
Migrants initially struggle to find work in the first year, but their employment prospects improve the longer they stay.
The taxes migrants pay are more than they receive from social security and adds to the country’s GDP.
The figures also examine internal migration. Every year 9% of the population moves home – the average person moves 7 and a half times in their life time. But the vast majority don’t move far. Only 2% of people move more than 100 km.