In 2023, the population of Switzerland will be over nine million

In the year that has just begun, Switzerland should pass the threshold of nine million inhabitants. That’s what SonntagsZeitung says in today’s publication.

According to data provided by The Sunday newspaper, since the introduction of free movement of people with the European Union, the population of Switzerland has increased twice as fast as that of France and the United Kingdom, and even 20 times faster than that of Germany. All this was due to the strong emigration.

According to economic historian Tobias Stromann, who was contacted by the paper, immigration to Switzerland is a zero-sum game: “Of course we have full jobs, a stable economy and growth, but the prosperity for each individual increases only slowly and decisively. Everyone exploits it.”

Sunday also emphasizes how important the consequences are for nature, infrastructure, and coexistence. In fact, construction is taking up more and more surface area and traffic is increasing, making it difficult to reach targets for CO2 emissions. For all these reasons, the issue could enter the campaign this year with force.

Earl Warner

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