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Swiss Statistics

Migration and integration – Data, indicatorsNationality

Foreign permanent resident population by nationality

At year-end, in thousands
 20082009201020112012
Total1669.71714.01766.31816.01870.0
EU-27/EFTA countries1037.11077.61101.51145.01191.9
Germany234.6251.9263.3275.3284.2
France87.492.595.699.9104.0
Italy291.6290.6287.1288.0291.8
Austria35.736.737.037.938.8
Portugal196.8206.0212.6223.7237.9
Spain65.265.064.165.869.4
Other European countries406.8402.2403.4400.8399.8
Serbia and Montenegro184.4181.3......
Serbia......121.9109.398.7
Turkey72.271.671.871.470.8
Africa54.857.771.574.878.2
America69.872.774.576.677.7
Asia96.999.3110.5113.6117.2
Oceania3.84.04.04.14.1
Stateless, unknown nationality (or not stated)0.50.60.81.11.1

From 2010: New definition of the permanent resident population, which also includes asylum seekers with a total length of stay of at least 12 months.

Source: Foreign Resident Population Statistics (PETRA), Population and Households Statistics (STATPOP)

85.1% of Switzerland’s foreign permanent resident population are of European origin, three-quarters of whom are nationals of an EU or EFTA member state. The largest group of foreigners are Italian (15,6%), followed by nationals of Germany (15,2%), Portugal (12,7%) and Serbia (5,3%). An increasing number of foreigners come from more distant countries. The proportion of non-European nationals doubled since 1980 to reach 14.8% today.
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