The government is facing calls by both chambers of parliament to control immigration amid concerns over pressure on the property market.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday followed the Senate in approving a motion urging cabinet to present plans to ensure “a more orderly immigration”.
A majority of centre-right and rightwing parliamentarians criticised that immigration has remained high despite an economic crisis. The centre-left voted against the motion.
Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga argued there was no need for further regulations but the government was taking seriously the concerns of the population.
“The economy says how much and what kind of foreign labour from European Union countries they need,“ she told the house.
Sommaruga added that there are immigration quotas for citizens from countries outside the EU and the European Free Trade Association.
A labour accord between Switzerland and the EU has guaranteed free movement of people since 2002.
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