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French-Swiss cooperation to count the real number of border residents

January 2015

French-Swiss cooperation to count the real number of border residents

The Canton of Geneva and the Ain and Haute-Savoie Departments are going to cooperate in order to better identify "false Swiss residents", who are responsible for a shortfall of nearly €40 million on the French side. It's the first time that the Canton of Geneva is going to provide this type of information to the French authorities.

As Christian Monteil, President of the Haute-Savoie Conseil général, explains: "A cross-border worker brings in an average €2000 a year to his or her municipality. The shortfall is therefore substantial since 10,000-20,000 people are not being counted". These Swiss people buy second homes in France, where they live during the year, whereas their declared main residence is in Switzerland.

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