Fifty-five musicians from third countries could be forced to leave canton Basel City by August 2015. (SRF/swissinfo.ch)
The Basel Office of Economy and Labour planned to implement this policy. Previously, the musicians had been granted new residence permits every year, but these had been unlawfully issued by a cantonal employee. The musicians had established a livelihood in Basel in the meantime. The proposed deportation has led to a protest which has gained widespread support across the political spectrum.