Switzerland is one of the most popular countries for emigrants. The possibility to find easily a job and the higher wages make the country so attracting.
According to the federal office of migrations in Bern, almost 180.000 Germans and 33.000 Austrians live in this moment in Switzerland. The tendency is increasing. Indeed, since the 1st of June 2007, it became even easier to work in Switzerland for the European employees. Switzerland now completely opened it labour market for the citizens of the 15 old countries of the EU. Instead of a work permit, they just need a residence permit. One can get it with a work contract.
A labour market slackened
Even people who don’t have work yet can move on in Switzerland and start to look for a job. If they are able to prove that they are actively looking for a job, the citizens of the EU can stay in Switzerland during one year. Freelancers receive a deadline to move on of six months, after it they obtain a residence permit valid during five years insofar as they can prove that they are self-employed independently and that they provide themselves for their needs.
The situation on the Swiss job market is slackened. Since years, the rate of unemployed turns on a rather low level. In 2006, it was only 3,3%. “Despite everything, even the old beginners and employees have good prospects”, confirms Alexander von Preen, director of Kienbaum AG Schweiz in Zurich.