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The influx of cross-border workers remains essential to the economy of the Swiss cantons

March 2020

The influx of cross-border workers remains essential to the economy of the Swiss cantons

When looking at the share of people infected per capita, Switzerland turns out to be the second most affected country in the world after Italy. The large flow of workers between the canton Ticino and the Lombardy region, Italy's first region in terms of total number of infected people, has certainly speeded up the process.

The federal authorities indicate that entries to Switzerland from the four neighbouring countries is now only possible for Swiss citizens, persons with a residence permit in Switzerland and persons who need to travel to Switzerland for professional reasons.

This means that the French-Swiss border remains open to cross-border workers, who are essential to the economy of the border cantons and to the medical sector. In addition, secondary customs are closed so that traffic can be channeled through the main ones, where controls are.

Among the main challenges, traders and cross-border workers mention the speed at which emergency measures are evolving, which implies the need for constant monitoring for all those -like them- who contribute to the cross-border economic system.

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