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Switzerland sees drop in immigration

Switzerland sees drop in immigration Net immigration to Switzerland slowed for a third consecutive year in 2016.

Around 143,100 immigrants arrived in Switzerland in 2016, down nearly 5 percent from the previous year, while around 78,000 foreigners left, an increase of 5.6 percent.

The State Secretariat for Migration released data on Thursday saying net immigration for the year came to around 60,000 people, a decline of more than 15 percent from 2015.

Of the just over 2 million foreigners living in Switzerland last year, around 70 percent were citizens of European Union countries or EFTA members Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.
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