Immigration

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Within Switzerland’s often multilingual population of 8.5 million, 63 percent speak German as their main language, 23 percent speak French, 8 percent speak Italian, about 1 percent speak Rhaeto-Romance and the rest speak a melange of other languages.

Immigration has, by and large, had a positive influence on the country. There has been an influx of foreigners to Switzerland since the arrival of southern Europeans in the 1960s, the unsuccessful Schwarzenbach Initiative of the 1970s, the exodus following the 1975 oil crisis and, most recently, the signing of the Agreement of Free Movement of Persons (FMP) in the early 2000s.

In the past decade the FMP has led to a surge in immigration and in the above table you can take a more detailed look at last year’s numbers (01.05.2018–30.04.2019).

Country

Country

Quantity

Quantity

Country

Germany

Quantity

13,939

Country

Italy

Quantity

10,231

Country

France

Quantity

8,308

Country

Portugal

Quantity

5,540

Country

Poland

Quantity

3,535

Country

Spain

Quantity

3,329

Country

Hungary

Quantity

2,383

Country

Great Britain

Quantity

2,286

Country

Slovakia

Quantity

1,880

Country

Austria

Quantity

1,879

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