15 May 2017

Opportunity or deadlock?

The SVP and the association "Action for an Independent and Neutral Switzerland" (AINS) are far from being comfortable with the freedom of movement of persons agreement with the EU. By means of three proposals, they are attacking this freedom of movement: The freedom of movement of persons should no longer be allowed; the freedom of movement of persons should be denounced; or the principle of freedom of movement of persons should be absolutely prohibited.

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19 December 2016

Implementation of the mass immigration initiative

The parliamentary resolution on the mass immigration initiative is controversial. SP, FDP, Greens, GLP, and BDP have come to an agreement on a proposal for the implementation which will secure the agreement on free movement of persons with the EU, but which contradicts the wording and mandate of the constitutional article in the mass immigration initiative adopted by the electorate. CVP and SVP resisted the union in vain, arguing that the popular will is not being implemented correctly. In the final vote on Friday, the National Council voted to amend the revision proposal by 98 votes to 67 with 33 abstentions. The idea of quotas, which was anchored in the Federal Council's preliminary draft as a compromise solution, was completely rejected by the parliament. Instead, they are proposing a priority for unemployed persons of certain professional groups registered with the unemployment agency.

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05 July 2016

EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen is against priority for Swiss nationals and quotas

Since the 'Yes' to the mass immigration initiative, the Federal Council has been renegotiating the free movement of persons agreement with the EU. Contrary to the fears of the EU, there appear to be no signs of a tendency to give priority to Swiss nationals or the setting of limited quotas for EU and EFTA citizens. Accordingly, there will be no fundamental changes in the migration practice for dealing with European citizens.

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