When the Export of Social Problems is No Longer Possible: Immigration Policies and Unemployment in Switzerland

  title={When the Export of Social Problems is No Longer Possible: Immigration Policies and Unemployment in Switzerland},
  author={Alexandre Afonso},
  • A. Afonso
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Economics, Political Science
Throughout the twentieth century, Switzerland has been one of the OECD countries with the highest proportion of immigrants in its population. The aim of this article is to show how institutional factors have shaped the opportunities for change in immigration and immigrant-employment-related policies there since the 1990s. Whereas unemployment had remained low in the 1970s and 1980s, there was a marked increase at the beginning of the 1990s. Existing migration policies were considered a central… 
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