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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21 September 2015

Break the Deadlock – but when?

Since the adoption of the Mass Immigration Initiative (MII), the Federal Council has endeavoured to achieve a literal implementation without jeopardizing the bilateral agreements with the EU - a difficult acrobatic exercise. If they are unsuccessful the initiative 'Break the Deadlock' (BTD) will delete the immigration quotas imposed under the MII from the Federal Con-stitution. It is unclear when the respective vote would take place.

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