Reasons for migration

People migrate for many reasons: the causes can be political, economic, social, cultural or climate-related, etc. In addition, the causes are often closely intertwined. For this reason, it is important to understand the reasons why populations undertake international migrations in order to work on the causes.

In 2017, 43% of the permanent resident population aged 15 to 74 and born abroad said that they immigrated to Switzerland for family reasons. 32% of the above-mentioned population came to Switzerland for professional reasons. The next two reasons most mentioned are asylum (6%) and studies (5%). There are no significant differences between these two reasons. 12% mentioned other reasons.

Further information



Percentage of the population aged 15 to 74 born abroad who immigrated to Switzerland by main reason for their latest migration:

- Professional reasons;

- Family reasons;

- Asylum;

- Studies;

- Other reasons: quality of health/care system, tax reasons, social network in Switzerland (without relatives), other reasons. 



Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
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CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel



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