Switzerland - Really Europe's Heart of Darkness?

Manatschal, Anita (2015). Switzerland - Really Europe's Heart of Darkness? Swiss political science review / Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 21(1), pp. 23-35. Wiley 10.1111/spsr.12148

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Immigration is a prominent and contested global topic of contemporary politics. Several recent popular votes targeting migration such as the minaret initiative, the automatic deportation initiative, and most recently the vote on “mass immigration”, evoke however the impression that Switzerland sets particularly harsh standards in migration policy. Based on historical evidence on Swiss migration policy making and comparative analyses on current cantonal integration policy outputs, I argue that - while far from being a new phenomenon - immigrant scepticism has become a more relevant factor of Swiss migration policy making than ever. Yet, immigration and immigrant scepticism do not only challenge direct democratic Switzerland, but all destination countries of immigration.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Manatschal, Anita

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1424-7755

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Giada Gianola

Date Deposited:

10 Jun 2015 15:44

Last Modified:

13 Oct 2017 09:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/spsr.12148

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.69332

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/69332

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