ANNOUNCEMENT 09 Feb 2014In February 2014, the Swiss government announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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On 9 February 2014, the Swiss people voted in favour of quantitative limits to restrict residence permits for foreign nationals. The aim of this popular initiative is to 'stop mass immigration' (Press release 9 February 2014)Furthermore, the Initiative foresees an explicit preference for Swiss nationals in the hiring process of domestic businesses.
Even though this measure may not affect existing foreign workers, its effect is still unclear not least because the initiative does not specify exact quota levels. The effect of the resulting measure is also unclear with respect to the allocation of any quotas.
The Swiss Federal Council and Parliament have three years to implement the will of the people during which the new law will be formulated.
The list of affected countries is based on BFS statistics: more than 5000 permanent residents. Although this initiative referred to quantative limits on nationals from EU member states, there is no guarantee that quotas for nationals from outside the EU will not be affected.