Switzerland – Safeguard Clause Abolished for EU-25 Nationals, Immigration Initiative Impacts on Others

Switzerland – Safeguard Clause Abolished for EU-2...

As of June 1, 2014, all European Union (EU) nationals from 25 specified countries (so called “EU-25”) can again enjoy unrestricted migration rights concerning Switzerland under the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons due to termination of the safeguard clause. This will allow most EU nationals to be employed locally in Switzerland by a Swiss-based employer and to (again) enter Switzerland and begin working without restrictions. In light of the success of last winter’s “Stop Mass Immigration Initiative,” the Federal Council is currently working closely with the competent EU bodies to seek solutions regarding immigration from Croatia, and separately from Bulgaria and Romania.

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