Monday, 10 February 2014
Switzerland - referendum on immigration see our quick links
This week Switzerland has been voting in a series of referendums. One of which covers proposals relating to immigration.
Here are some receommended starting points for some quick academic research.
The IFES website has a brief guide in English to what the referendum was about.
Detailed materials, legislation and statements from the Swiss Government can be found on the official website.
why are the Swiss worried about immigration? See the Swiss Federal office for Migration which has official policies and data
The Office fédéral de la statistique also has a useful page with statistics on numbers of immigrants where you can trace trends. Interestingly Martin Grand Jean has mapped the results of the referendum at a local level with statistics the local population. so you can see if votes for quotas coincided with areas of high immigrant population.
For further news coverage, discussion and comment.
Try Swiss Info (English)
24 heures.ch (French) has a special dossier with photographs, images of Swiss front pages and graphs showing results
Le Temps has coverage of immigration issues in Switzerland (in France) and their relationship to the vote.
Popular newspaper le Matin - has a 6 point guide in French to the impact of the vote on immigration.