The Border Economy - Schengen Agreement made some people rich

318’002 French workers cross the Swiss border every morning and every night, not only by car but by train, bus, and boat too. The traffic at the border is terrible on rush hours. The French can earn at least, and in general, 3 times more (for some occupations, 4-5 times) when they work in Switzerland comparing to their usual salary in France. Too many border workers from France created a political tension in Swiss Cantons of Geneva and Vaud. Nationalism is rising in those cantons and Canton governments are under the pressure to reduce border workers. However, Switzerland is a member state of Shengen Agreement even though it is not a part of the European Union. 45.9% of Swiss exports are heading to the European Union every year – mostly Germany and France, which makes Switzerland being in trouble to reduce border workers because it’s Give and Take Deal. 

On the other hand, more and more French people are moving to Swiss bordered French towns and cities which makes a sharp rise of real-estate prices. Some French towns at Swiss borders became one of the most expensive towns in Europe. This situation isn’t too different in German towns at Swiss border. One of French-Swiss borders. French Savoy Region and Swiss Canton of Geneva agreed to install a new train – named Leman Express – to connect the both sides in order to reduce traffic and pollution, to attract more tourists, to better circulate economic transactions. The rail work is still on the way (February, 2019) as you see in the photograph. The Border Crossing Train Leman Express which is in operation from January 2019. It covers the whole Leman towns and cities (both Switzerland and France). It is named after the lake which Switzerland and France share – Lake of Leman, also known as Lake of Geneva.

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