Among the Germans the red (Swiss) passport is more desired than ever before. In 2009 the naturalization number increased compared to 2008. In summary, approximately 40 percent of last year's naturalization originated from Serbia (8'443), Italy (4'953) and Germany (4'272). While Serbia and Italy were among the group of most important countries of origin of naturalized citizens, Germany joined this group for the first time in 2009.
This is primarily due to the fact that Berlin allowed dual citizenship since 2007. Since then, the number of Germans, who purchased the red passport, has greatly increased. Example Zurich: While 848 Germans naturalized in 2008 in the most populous Swiss canton, this number doubled in 2009 with 1698.
According to the statistics of the Federal Office for Migration nearly 45,000 people were naturalized in Switzerland in 2009. Compared to last year this figure has remained about the same. However, the number of immigrants decreased in 2009. Last year Switzerland registered 160,000 immigrations - 12.8 percent less than in 2008. Most immigrants come - as in previous years - from Germany, Portugal, France and Italy.