Increase in the number of commuters cross-border commuters in 2016

Neuchâtel, 23.02.2017 (FSO) - The number of foreign cross-border commuters working in Switzerland increased by 11,300 persons (+3.7%) in 2016.

At the end of 2015, 304'117 foreign nationality border has worked in Switzerland, 64.4% men and 35.6% women.

Just over half of the cross-border commuters (54.9%) were resident in France, around a quarter (22.6%) were resident in Italy and a fifth in Germany (19.3%). More than one third of these (37.2%) worked in the Lake Geneva region, a quarter in Northwest Switzerland (22.8%) and one fifth in Ticino (20.2%). This means that around four fifths of all cross-border commuters are active in one of these three major regions.

These are the findings of the Cross-border Commuter Statistics, conducted by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) on a quarterly basis.

For further information:
- Press release
- Labour market indicators for 2016.
- Foreign cross-border commuters at a glance (chart)
- Website of the BFS