The Economic Impact of the Free Movement Agreement in Switzerland

in a nutshell #1
George Sheldon
December 2015

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Messages for Decision-Makers

The Free Movement Agreement between Switzerland and the EU / EFTA has not led to a mass influx of immigrants.

The higher unemployment rate of foreign workers in Switzerland is not a result of the Free Movement Agreement.

The immigration that took place under the Free Movement Agreement had virtually no impact on the labor market situation of resident workers.

The Swiss economy profited from the Free Movement Agreement.

The Free Movement Agreement strengthened the national budget.