Swiss opt for ‘Euro-compatible’ scheme to limit immigration

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Series Details 01.12.16
Publication Date 01/12/2016
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Swiss employers wishing to recruit from abroad may first have to search for candidates among unemployed locals, and justify any rejections in writing. The Swiss Senate voted in favour of such a scheme on the 1 December 2016 to advance Switzerland’s initiative against mass immigration.

Swiss lawmakers were seeking a solution to curb immigration, as voted for in a binding 2014 referendum, but without setting quotas, which would put Switzerland into direct conflict with the European Union and its bilateral accords on the free movement of people.

A European Commission spokesperson gave a cautious welcome to the initiative on the 16 December 2016, but the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) denounced Switzerland’s 'capitulation' on immigration.

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