Cross-border workers, numbers continue to rise

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TAB is a joint venture between German, Swiss and French public and private groups to deal with cross-border worker issues in the Basel area: Basel, if you ignore the borders, is Europe’s largest industrial hub, says TAB

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Cross-border commuters increased by 4.8 percent in 2012, figures released by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office Monday 4 March show.

About one in 10 workers in the Lake Geneva region and around Basel in northwestern Switzerland is a cross-border worker.

The figure for Ticino is one in four.

Eighty percent of them are located in these three regions and more than half of all cross-border workers live in France.

Switzerland gained an additional 12,000 cross-border workers in 2012, bringing the total of cross-border workers to 264,000.

While the number has grown, the rate of growth is slower than a year earlier: 8.5 percent in 2011.

The figures show an above-average increase among office workers and managers, and unskilled workers. Sixty percent of cross-border workers are in service industries, with agriculture having less than 1 percent and industry just under 40 percent.
In five years, the number has risen from 208,000 to 265,000, a 26.6 percent increase, while the number of workers overall in Switzerland rose by 7.8 percent.