A recent survey noted a sharp increase in the number of cross-border workers in Switzerland since June 2004 when access to the labour market was eased. However, the number of immigrants from the European Union has not risen as much as expected. The figure touched 7,700 between June and August of this year, when compared with 6,700 immigrants in 2002 and 7,000 in 2003.
Geneva registered a three-fold increase in the number of cross-border workers--mostly from the EU nations--between June and October. Basel, Ticino and Nenchatel also reported higher numbers of cross-border workers.
The Federal Office for Immigration, Integration and Emigration has granted at total of 9,600 new permits for cross-border workers, an increase of 1,300 permits over the past two years.
In addition, another 37,000 cases of...