Quotas may be introduced on Swiss permits
Swiss permits may become extremely hard to get after Swiss voters backed proposals to reintroduce immigration quotas with the European Union. Making it harder for Auditors and other business professional to move to Switzerland for work.
While Switzerland is not a member of the EU, its immigration policy is based on free movement of citizens to and from the EU, with some exceptions, as well as allowing in a restricted number of non-EU citizens.
In a close vote, 50.3% backed the proposals to reintroduce immigration quotas. This means the government in Switzerland must bring this into law within three years.
The Swiss people feel that their culture is disappearing because of the amount of immigrants in their country. The Swiss also feel immigrants are contributing to rising rents, crowded transport and more crime.
Currently net immigration is around 70,000 people per year on average. Foreigners make up 23 percent of the population of 8 million.
These limits or quotas on the amount of Swiss permits allocated will now need to be defined at a legislative level.
It is feared now that Switzerland could set off a further round of debate about free movement of persons in the EU.
Foreign professionals have helped to power Switzerland’s economy.
The European Union is Switzerland’s biggest trading partner, buying 110 billion Swiss francs’ worth of goods in 2013.
People opposed to the introduction of limits and quotas feel it could lead to a shortage of skilled workers in Switzerland.
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