Progin-Theuerkauf, Sarah

Tilting at Windmills? – Legal Margins for Limiting Migration in EU and Swiss Law

Europe is currently facing a “migration crisis”. In many EU Member States and in Switzerland, politicians and/or people have uttered the wish to limit immigration. In Switzerland, the adoption of the so-called mass immigration initiative has led to the adoption of a new constitutional article, demanding an “autonomous control” of the immigration of foreign nationals. But what are the remaining legal margins for limiting migration to the EU and Switzerland? Is the setting of quotas still possible?