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Moving in Switzerland is still a draw to immigrants

The Swiss rail network is expanding to keep up with a growing population

(Keystone)

Switzerland is still a popular country to move to for the non-Swiss; the population grew by 1.3% in 2013, although the number of Swiss leaving the country outweighed the number returning from abroad.

By the end of last year, 8,139,600 people were living in Switzerland. A total of 193,300 people immigrated to the country – out of these 26,100 were Swiss citizens and the rest were foreigners, according to the latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office.

Compared to 2012, the number of immigrants rose by 10.5%. Germans made up the largest nationality group to move to Switzerland, followed by Portuguese citizens, Italians, French and Spanish.

The number of people leaving also grew, however, but by 2.2% – or 106,200 people. Among just the non-Swiss, the number of emigrants from Switzerland grew by 5.2% in 2013; Germans also made up the largest nationality group leaving the country.

The number of non-Swiss who are residents in Switzerland stood at 1,937,400 people at the end of 2013. The majority of these are long-term residents, and almost a fifth of them were born in Switzerland.

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