Switzerland - Migration



Foreign residents in Switzerland comprised about 20% of the total population in 1998. Nearly a third of all resident foreigners were of Italian nationality; the former Yugoslavia, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Turkey were the next-leading countries of origin. In April 1987, Swiss voters approved a government plan to tighten rules on immigration and political asylum.

From the beginning of the civil war in Bosnia, Switzerland took in some 27,000 Bosnian refugees by 1997, granting most only temporary protection. In 1997, 8,000 singles and couples without children returned to Bosnia; another 2,800 returned voluntarily. Nonetheless, as a result of the drastic increase in the number of asylum-seekers, Switzerland suspended its resettlement policy in mid-1998.

As a result of the Kosovo conflict, Switzerland again faced a major increase in asylum-seekers in 1999, totaling almost 10,000 in the month of June alone. The Swiss government offered temporary protection to about 65,000 Kosovars living in the country. However, as part of its repatriation program, the government announced it would provide generous financial assistance to those Kosovars who decided to return to their homeland before 31 May 2000. The net migration rate in 1999 was 0.49 migrants per 1,000 population.

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abshir
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Sep 27, 2007 @ 9:09 am
i would like to ressetle in switzerland but i am a refugee living in south africa.i dont have a passport,i only have a refugee status.
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ibrahim saady elgabary
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Dec 16, 2009 @ 6:06 am
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I am Ibrahim Jabari Palestinian nationality I am 38 years old and married and I have 3 children, aged from 12 to 14, my wife and 35-year-old Palestinian and hold Palestinian travel document and we are born in Saudi Arabia and holds a technical diploma and worked for the last 18 years in computer Crown has extensive experience in the maintenance and import computer, and my wife works in the teaching of special needs Down 18 years ago and has certificates and courses in this area and my children from school early and wish to travel to you and why you have life
The first reason: my children Balamaalp no distinction between them and the others and this led to a poor psychological state of my son and there was no future for us here because it's me and my wife was born in Saudi Arabia and my three children and can not be admitted to universities here and education is not free money, because he Saudin We are not money, not the problem since it can not be to work with the same salary as the others or work in any field, and my son is now in the stage of secondary education and I have great hopes to become a civilian pilot and the young doctor and an engineer, my son does not have me I'm a country, Egypt, which has given me the Egyptian document to prevent entry into Egypt, and we are in a big prison, I hope your government of the hosting among your people, decent and we got to stay I hope you accept

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