Refugees from the Ukraine earn an average of 4,477 francs in Switzerland

People who have fled Ukraine are highly motivated to work in this country. This is also reflected in wages, as a new study shows.

Refugees from the Ukraine do not earn badly in Switzerland. – Keystone


the essentials in brief

  • Protection seekers with status S are more than willing to work.
  • On top of that, most of them have a good education.
  • That translates into corresponding wages, new data shows.

Employed persons seeking protection with status S earn an average of CHF 4,477 in Switzerland. This is shown by an evaluation of data from the cantons.

In addition, a study commissioned by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) comes to the conclusion that according to their own assessment, most of them have relatively good knowledge of English and a good education.

Specifically, 94.5 percent have post-compulsory training, and 70 percent even have a tertiary degree (universities, technical colleges).

How much do you earn?


Less than 5000 francs.


Less than 5000 francs.


More than 5000 francs.

In addition, the majority of those seeking protection apparently want to work. 36 percent of those surveyed stated that they were looking for a job, and a further 36 percent were interested in a job. 27 percent participate in an employment program or training.

Most refugees from Ukraine would like to work.
Ukraine war refugees
Those who are already doing so have a relatively good wage for those seeking protection.
Loh franc notes
On average, they earn 4477 francs. Around 12 percent earn more than CHF 5,000.

Most refugees from Ukraine would like to work. – Keystone

According to the survey, 15 percent of those seeking protection are currently employed. Not surprisingly, the wages are average, given their education.

Independent of the surveys, this is also shown for the first time by concrete data from the cantons. These relate to the period from July to September 2022: On average, those seeking protection earned 4777 francs.

Almost half of the gainfully employed persons seeking protection work full-time

A gross wage of between 3,000 and 4,000 francs was determined for 24 percent. For 17 percent, this is between 4,000 and 5,000 francs. According to the data, around 12 percent had an income of more than 5,000 francs. Only 14 percent earned less than 1,000 francs.

In the period under review, the average level of employment among employed persons seeking protection was 70 percent. At 46 percent, almost half of the employees worked full-time. Only two percent of those in employment were self-employed.

More on the subject:

Migration Study Data Franconia

The article is in German

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