Jump to content
Your browser is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this websites. Learn how to update your browser[Close]

Is free movement under threat?


The rightwing Swiss People’s Party wants to reintroduce quotas limiting the number of immigrants. This would call into question the agreement on the free movement of people which also lets Swiss live and travel freely in the European Union. What is your view?

Free movement of people

The free movement of people is one of the four basic freedoms on which the European Union is built (the others are free movement of goods, the free movement of services and the free movement of capital).

The free movement of people is the right of a person to travel into Switzerland or an EU country and to be allowed to find a job, work and live there. There are certain regulations and limitations.

With the signing of the first set of bilateral treaties with the EU in 1999, Switzerland accepted this principle, which foresees a progressive opening of its labour market.

In May 2000, 67.2 per cent of the Swiss electorate approved the treaty, and in September 2005, 56% voted in favour of extending it to the ten new members of the EU.



Links

Copyright

All rights reserved. The content of the website by swissinfo.ch is copyrighted. It is intended for private use only. Any other use of the website content beyond the use stipulated above, particularly the distribution, modification, transmission, storage and copying requires prior written consent of swissinfo.ch. Should you be interested in any such use of the website content, please contact us via contact@swissinfo.ch.

As regards the use for private purposes, it is only permitted to use a hyperlink to specific content, and to place it on your own website or a website of third parties. The swissinfo.ch website content may only be embedded in an ad-free environment without any modifications. Specifically applying to all software, folders, data and their content provided for download by the swissinfo.ch website, a basic, non-exclusive and non-transferable license is granted that is restricted to the one-time downloading and saving of said data on private devices. All other rights remain the property of swissinfo.ch. In particular, any sale or commercial use of these data is prohibited.

×