Immigrants make positive contributions to Swiss social system

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The Local Switzerland

The Local Switzerland – • 2 Feb, 2023

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Immigrants from the EU make positive contributions to Switzerland’s public system. Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash

Since Switzerland introduced free movement, EU and EFTA nationals have not strained the country’s public insurance system, as some critics claim.

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Switzerland and the EU signed the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP), to lift restrictions on EU citizens wishing to live or work in Switzerland, in 1999. It came into force in 2002, and also applies to citizens of EFTA member states.

In their bid to limit immigration, right-wing parties have been arguing that foreigners too often abuse Switzerland’s social structure by relying on welfare instead of contributing to society.

However, these claims are false, according to the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), as reported by Neue Zürcher Zeitung this week.

In fact, by being gainfully employed and paying into the obligatory social security scheme, immigrants have had a positive effect on the old-age AHV / AVS pension, as well as on disability and health insurance, SECO said.

For instance, in the past they contributed 27.1 percent to the financing of the AHV / AVS, while drawing only 15.2 percent of it.

In terms of disability insurance, foreign nationals paid 26.5 percent into the scheme, receiving only 14.9 percent of benefits in return. 

With regard to the compulsory health insurance, SECO assumed “that most EU nationals in Switzerland are currently of working age and in fairly good health. They therefore represent an advantage” to the system.

There is, however, a downside as well.

In 2020, when many people in Switzerland were laid off due to the Covid pandemic, immigrants weighed more heavily on unemployment insurance. They paid 25.5 percent of contributions while receiving 32.8 percent of benefits.

This situation is not unusual though, SECO said, since more foreigners than Swiss work in sectors more prone to unemployment, such as construction and the hotel industry.

READ MORE: How foreigners are changing Switzerland


5 replies

  1. MUSLIMS WHO LIVES in Christian countries create big problem …!!!
    Like Ahmadiyahh try to insult Christian Faith
    You said Jesus did not die on the cross!

      • For you that is different opinion
        But for me as Christian is a insulting.

        Can I insult your Prophet or your book Al Quran and Hadith?

        Respect each other is better!


    John 19:22 Pilate answered, “What I write remains written.”
    19:23. After the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took His clothes and divided them into four parts giving each soldier one part–and His robes they also took. The robe was not sewn, only one woven from top to bottom.
    19:24 So they said to one another, “Let’s not divide it into pieces, but let us cast lots to see who gets it.” Thus it is that what is written in the Scriptures should be fulfilled: “They divided My clothes among themselves, and they cast lots for My robe.” That’s what the soldiers did.
    19:25 And by the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene.
    19:26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
    19:27 Then he said to his disciples, “Here is your mother!” And from that time the disciple received him into his house.
    19:28 After that, because Jesus knew that everything was finished, he said–so that what was written in the Scriptures might be fulfilled–,”I am thirsty!”
    19:29 There was a vessel full of sour wine there. So they put a sponge, which had been dipped in sour wine, on a stick of hyssop and held it up to Jesus’ mouth.
    19:30 After Jesus had drunk the sour wine, He said, “It is finished.” Then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

    It is clear for me that Jesus died on the cross!
    Okay Rafiq—

    Jesus said “The time is fulfilled; the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Gospel!” Mark 1:15

    DONT BELIEVE WHAT YOUR SCHOLARS TELL YOU. He is a man, he is not Allah.

    And everyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:13-15 TB

    Rafiq! Please repent and follow Jesus’s teaching. Okay 👍

    • No thanks. I am at the mercy of Allah and believe in His forgiveness, without having to kill an innocent prophet before …

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