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Close to 180,000 cross-border workers in Luxembourg
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Close to 180,000 cross-border workers in Luxembourg

30.12.2016 From our online archive
The number of cross-border workers coming to Luxembourg is growing tirelessly. In the past 16 years, their number more than doubled in total, the French leading in total numbers and the Germans almost tripling their numbers since 2000.

(AF/sth) – The number of cross-border workers coming to Luxembourg is growing tirelessly. The only minor drop occurred in the second quarter of 2009. The same year, the number of foreign residents in Luxembourg went down briefly in what seem to be developments linked to the economic crisis in 2009. Furthermore, over 70% of registered unemployed in the Grand Duchy are non-nationals.

Today, Luxembourg employs 177,110 frontier workers, up from 88,631 in 2000. During the third quarter of 2016, French frontier workers were close to a number of 90,000 to be employed in Luxembourg. This number almost doubled in 15 years (around 46,000 in 2000).

Belgian cross-border workers, representing 25,000 employees back in 2000, are today close to 43,000 to have their income in Luxembourg. 16,000 Germans made the trip to Luxembourg in 2000, which also rose to 43,000 today. Compared to the other neighbouring countries, this was the strongest increase in a period of 16 years.

A handful of frontier workers from Luxembourg

In 2015, 250 Luxembourg residents headed to Germany (Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate) on a daily basis to go to work, 350 did so to Lorraine and 300 to Wallonia. A total of some 900 residents.

Population and employment in the Greater Region

In the regions surrounding Luxembourg and in the country itself, women make up the biggest share of unemployed, with rates going from 45.1% in Saarland to 48.2% in Luxembourg. People aged below 25 are numerous in not finding work in Lorraine and Wallonia (15.8% and 20.3% respectively).

Foreign residents represent more than 70% of unemployed registered in Luxembourg.

Standard of living

The highest incomes in the Greater Region are, you guessed it, in Luxembourg. The highest living costs can be found in Wallonia, Luxembourg arriving second.