Austrians look for German and Swiss jobs

Austrians look for German and Swiss jobs
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New figures show that the number of Austrians migrating to Germany and Switzerland in search of employment is rising.

Figures from Statistics Austria show that the total number of Austrian citizens living in other EU-member states or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland amounts to 264,199.

The majority of these move to neighbouring Germany (164,246), followed by Switzerland (37,931) and the United Kingdom (17,150).

Slightly less than half of the Austrians abroad are women (48.9%). Three quarters are people aged between 15 and 64, and the majority of them are employed.

Only three percent of Austrians living abroad settled in countries which joined the EU after 2004.

Austrians who moved to countries which fared badly in the economic crisis, such as Spain, Ireland, and Greece, were shown to have suffered the classic immigrant fate and lost their jobs earlier than natives.

In Hungary, Greece and Belgium half the number of Austrians living there are unemployed.

Only a small proportion of Austrians emigrated to the USA, Canada and Australia. A total 80,710 native Austrians are registered as living in those three countries. 46,000 of those went to the United States and 31,000 of those took US citizenship. 

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