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Migration Activities

Switzerland is among the countries in Europe with the highest percentage quota of foreigners in comparison with its permanent population: 21.9 per cent of the overall population are foreigners. With regard to immigration for purposes of asylum, the Swiss quota (in percentage to the permanent population) has been the highest among the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the past few years.

As in many European countries of destination, the public debate on migration remains high on Switzerland’s political agenda. Current main issues are:

  • The increase in and absorption of asylum seekers;
  • Foreigners with criminal records and their right to stay in Switzerland
  • The cooperation with the EU, namely the implementation of Schengen / Dublin and bilateral / multilateral cooperation agreements;
  • The shift in paradigm from purely “restrictive” migration measures to more cooperative and partnership-based agreements with countries of origin.
Population (2011):7.87 million
Area:41,284 km sq
Languages :German, French, Italian, Romansch
Currency:Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)
GDP per Capita PPP (2011):USD 43,400
HDI Rank (2011):11 of 187
Remittances (2011 estimate):USD 2,784 million
Net Migration Rate (2010-2015):2.6 migrants/1,000 population
Immigrants (2010):23.2%
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2010):49.7%
Population under 15 (2011):15.1%
Adult HIV Prevalence (2009):0.4%%

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

IOM Bern

PO Box 216
3000 Bern 6


Tel: +41.3 135 08 21 1
Fax: +41.3 135 08 21 5
Email: [email protected]
Country Website: switzerland.iom.int


International Organization for Migration (IOM)
17, route des Morillons
1211 Geneva 19

Tel: +41.22 717 91 11
Fax: +41.22 798 61 50
Email: [email protected]
Global Website: www.iom.int

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