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In these countries the Swiss from Hiking the most

the Job, the love, the Wanderlust or the return to the country of origin – there are many reasons to emigrate. And the more and more country people do. Twenty years ago, 8.9 percent, Switzerland still living nationals in another country. Today, there are already 10.6 per cent, as the new Swiss abroad statistics by the Federal government.

a Pure population moderate this community, called in allusion to our four regions also spoke of "the fifth Switzerland", the fourth-largest Canton. Only Zurich, Bern and Vaud have more inhabitants. By the end of 2018, there was a good 760'000 to Swiss nationals, distributed around the world. Even in North Korea, four nationals living in the civil war country Syria even 76.

a Lot of have not removed, however, far from the homeland. Almost two-thirds are based in Europe, almost half of them even in a bordering Switzerland country. With about 24 percent of America is the second most popular continent. Especially the USA and Canada have done it to many emigrants. After that, Asia (7 percent), Oceania (4 percent) and Africa (3 percent).

The most popular emigration country is France, where over 197'000 Swiss life. Also in Germany (90'400) and the USA (80'200) have many a resident. Europe dominates the rankings. In addition to the United States with Canada, Australia and Israel, however, three other non-European countries in the Top 10.

In most of these countries the number of Swiss abroad has increased compared to the previous year; most surprisingly in the UK (+2.7 percent), this is because of the upcoming EU-exit is currently anything other than politically and economically stable.

That the "fifth Switzerland" has grown in recent years, has a lot to do with new applications of dual citizens. Almost three-quarters of the Swiss abroad have the Swiss nationality of one or several other nationalities. In addition, the number of Swiss pensioners abroad is growing from year to year.

Meanwhile, the over 65-Year olds, a fifth of all Swiss abroad. In some countries their share is significantly higher in Spain (32 per cent) and South Africa (27 per cent). Especially popular Thailand is with seniors, where you a third of the Swiss. In no other country In the Top 15, the proportion of older people is so high.

it looks Totally different in Israel, where almost every Second of the 20'000 Swiss is a minor. Together with the 18 - to 44-Year-old the younger Generation makes up about 80 percent of all Swiss abroad. In the UK there are at least a good 60 per cent, in the Netherlands, more than half.

The countries with a majority of younger Swiss Abroad continue to press the General age cut-to-bottom, the is 41 years. A total of more Swiss women than men live abroad. The gender ratio is 54:46.

For the Swiss policy, the Diaspora plays an important role, especially in the current election year. For Switzerland the Swiss have – if you are registered on the national level, the right to vote. This is currently the case on some 140'000 persons, and the trend is rising.

A study commissioned by the Federal migration Commission EKM recently suggested that foreign voting Swiss to deprive law – and caused tempers to flare. More and more of them would have inherited their civil rights, partly through the generations, justified the authors of the study claim. In the extreme case, this group of foreign can the Swiss even have a vote in Switzerland to decide, without that you would have ever lived here.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 01.04.2019, 17:55 PM

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