Increase in moving in Switzerland

According to the latest Immo-Monitoring report, the most frequent moves in Switzerland are in the canton of Geneva, Vaud and Basel-Stadt.
In 2015, more than one million people moved to Switzerland, i.e. 12.1% of the population.

A new record in the field of moving, the report reveals.

Four main factors explain this development. Firstly, an attractive supply of housing has been generated in recent times. In addition, the infrastructure and the transport network have been improved, considerably enhancing accessibility and access in some municipalities.

Finally, the search for new housing has been boosted by the growth in supply. Namely, since 2015, the price of rents has fallen significantly in some places and also the price of home ownership.

Motivations for moving unchanged

While the repetition of removals in Switzerland is progressing, the motives change very little. The reasons frequently cited are the desire to start a family or dissatisfaction with the current housing situation. Around 15% of tenants are dissatisfied with their relationship with their landlord or manager.

The majority of removals take place in the cantons of Zurich, Bern and Vaud. Taking the population into account, the greatest number of moves come from the cantons of Geneva (14.3% of moves), Vaud (12.9%) and Basel-Stadt (12.8%).

This finding is surprising for Geneva, since the number of rented accommodation has been exceptionally low for several years. According to Wüest Partner, this proves that the majority of people looking for a home in Geneva usually manage to find suitable accommodation, particularly thanks to their personal network.

The cantons of Aargau, Fribourg and Thurgau have the highest migration balances within Switzerland. According to the report, some of the people moving to these three regions move there to work in nearby centres.