Switzerland – Voters Approve New Immigration Restrictions

Switzerland – Voters Approve New Immigration Rest...

On February 9, 2014, Swiss voters, by a narrow majority, approved the "Stop mass immigration" initiative ("Initiative gegen die Masseneinwanderung") which will add a new article to the Federal Constitution that re-introduces immigration quotas in regard to all types and categories of Swiss residence and work permits. At this early stage it is difficult to know how this is going to affect non-Swiss workers who work or plan to work in Switzerland and employers (whether based in or outside Switzerland) who wish to employ such workers, but there could be some serious implications for bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) and other jurisdictions.

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