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Expat Health Insurance News: Crime a concern in Geneva

Although many potential expats may be drawn in by Switzerland's reputation for keeping the peace, overseas residents in Geneva are unsettled by a recent crime wave, according to a new report.

A survey carried out by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in conjunction with Geneva police revealed that a third (33 per cent) of expats feel there has been a "substantial deterioration" in personal safety levels over the past few years.

The Telegraph reports that the Paquis district of the Swiss capital, an area popular among expats, has developed a reputation as a particularly dangerous part of the city.

However, Michael McKay, an expat who works for the British Chamber of Commerce in Geneva, said the report should not put potential expats off making the move.

"It is generally a safe city and we have seen a real increase in police and security staff around the dangerous areas, like the train stations," he told the paper.

Elsewhere, Expatica reports that reports that while Switzerland boasts world renowned medical care, expat health insurance is a wise investment as the costs of care can escalate quickly.

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