Tobias Müller

Labor Market Effects and the Political Economy of “New” Migration to Switzerland

The recent Swiss experience with immigration is interesting from an economic point of view. First, there has been a shift toward highly skilled immigrants over the last twenty years. Second, the share of immigrants in the Swiss workforce is high and on the increase, which explains why the issue of immigration ranks high on the political agenda. Finally, Swiss migration policy is shaped by popular votes which are influenced by citizens’ attitudes towards immigration. This project aims to answer the following question: How does the Swiss labor market adjust to immigration and what are the implications for immigration policy formation?

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