No Cheese without Experts for Mountainous Regions from the EU


About one third of the professionals working in the Swiss Alps are from abroad; in total approximately 1,800 men and women. The economy in the Swiss mountainous regions relies on the active contribution of the immigrated Alpine dairy farmers. There are fewer and fewer locals who are prepared to do the hard work for a low salary. For EU citizens, however, the wages are attractive as compared to the wages in their own country. The Alps would run wild without help from outside. This also applies to Avers: small bushes would overgrow the pastures, the cattle would not find any grass. There would be fewer summer farms and thus fewer Alpine pasture products.