Germans migrants in the Swiss largest city: Zürich

Germans have  become the largest immigrant group, ahead of the Italians,  in the region around Switzerland’s largest city of Zürich (population in 2007 1,307,567 ).  Zürich is the economical capital of the country where  the Swiss and foreign banks have respectively their headquarters and local offices.

In fact every other foreign worker had a German passport in 2007, according to the local statistics office.

The labour accord with the EU has had a lasting impact on immigration numbers and patterns in Zurich. The biggest increase came last year when quotas for residence permits were lifted for citizens from member states of the EU and the European Free Trade Association.

More than 66,100 Germans had registered in canton Zurich by September 2008. The trend has had repercussions for the high-end labour market. One hundred and sixty-five out of the 490 professors at Zurich University hailed from Germany. High-level of education workers come to Switzerland because of the advantageous wages and life conditions. They have additionally the possibility to present their work to an international public.

“Zurich seems to be their favourite city. Top qualified Germans find a job more easily here and they earn more than at home,” said Joe Ferrer of the Statistics Office.

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4 thoughts on “Germans migrants in the Swiss largest city: Zürich

  1. I agree with the main points of this article not only Swiss but also Austria are for many Germans describe a quite interesting possibility for good paid jobs but also for good living conditions. But in a lot of these cases I think that the movement to Swiss is temporarily, to earn money and than to come back to Germany.

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  2. I have to agree with you, if you could imagine a worst case-scenario, this would mean that money will be taken out of the swiss economy and brought back into the german. This was very well demonstrated with the guestworkers in Holland back in the 50s-60s. All the money earned was send back to the families in their countries.

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  3. This is the same situation in Geneva, a lot of people from france come there to work and go back home afterward. Why they do that, because the opportunity to earn more money (averages of wages in two times better than in france). With those wages, they can live in a perfect condition in france while some people live in Geneva couldn’t fine a job and have to help by the government.

    I agree and not for this situation. For sure, if they come in Switzerland to have a better wage, they have to move out there and not just enjoy the salary and go back home.

    In Zurich, there are a lot of german people indeed, but if they are doing the same in Geneva, it’s unfair for resident people.

    The fact is also for the employer, because it’s cheaper for them to get a foreigner than a resident about the wage, but still, it’s unfaire for resident people in Switzerland.

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  4. This is the same situation in Geneva, a lot of people from france come there to work and go back home afterward. Why they do that, because the opportunity to earn more money (averages of wages in two times better than in france). With those wages, they can live in a perfect condition in france while some people live in Geneva couldn’t fine a job and have to help by the government.

    I dont’ know if this situation is good or not for Switzerland. For sure, if they come in Switzerland to have a better wage, they have to move out there and not just enjoy the salary and go back home.

    In Zurich, there are a lot of german people indeed, but if they are doing the same in Geneva, it’s unfair for resident people.

    The fact is also for the employer, because it’s cheaper for them to get a foreigner than a resident about the wage, but still, it’s unfaire for resident people in Switzerland.

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