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Immigration to Switzerland from the EU fell to the lowest level in the last 12 years.

Immigration to Switzerland from the EU fell to the lowest level in the last 12 years.
The number of citizens of EU countries immigrating to Switzerland continues to decline steadily. In the first half of 2017, net immigration from the EU declined by more than 20%.
In Switzerland, more than 2 million foreigners live, which is about 25% of the population. Almost 68% of foreigners are from the EU or from the Swiss members of the European Free Trade Association: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
On July 17, 2017, the State Secretariat for Migration of Switzerland published data according to which for the second quarter of 2017 (from April to June) the number of immigrant citizens of the EU was about 6,480 people, which is the lowest since 2005.
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In the first half of 2017, total net immigration to Switzerland fell by almost 12% (to 25,526 people), and net immigration from the EU - by more than 20%.
Immigration has become a hot topic in Switzerland after the referendum in 2014, when the Swiss voted to limit the flow of immigrants from the EU, despite bilateral agreements guaranteeing the free movement of EU citizens in exchange for expanding Switzerland's access to the EU's single market.
The Swiss parliament in 2016 avoided a clash with the EU, adopting a new law that enshrined the local residents with the primary right to work at the vacancy.
At the same time, despite the decrease in the number of immigrants from the EU, members of the anti-immigrant Swiss People's Party (SVP) are initiating a new referendum to try to stop the free movement of EU workers.
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