Switzerland Re-Imposes Curbs on EU Workers

Andrew Rettman, EU Observer, April 25, 2013

Switzerland is imposing quotas on work permits for EU citizens despite objections from Brussels.

The federal government said on Wednesday (24 April) it will give just 2,180 five-year residency permits over the next 12 months to people from eight eastern European countries, such as Poland and Slovakia.

It is planning to give 53,700 permits to people from 17 remaining, wealthier EU counties. Bulgaria and Romania are covered by a separate migration regime until 2016.

Short-stay permits for up to one year will not be affected.

A government statement said it has the right to set limits under a “safeguard clause” in its 1999 EU agreement on free movement because it is seeing up to 80,000 extra arrivals each year.

It said some nice things about EU migrants.

It noted that the 1.2 million EU citizens who already live in the 8-million-strong country have “had a positive impact … in particular in terms of consumer spending and on the construction industry.”

But amid pressure for action by far-right politicians, it added that the curbs are needed to “make immigration more acceptable to society.”

It also hinted that some EU migrants are welfare cheats who gobble up “affordable housing” and who overburden Swiss infrastructure.

“It is … important to consistently combat abuses in the area of immigration law and social security,” it said.

“It’s a fact that there is unease among the population, and it’s necessary to take this unease seriously,” Swiss justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga told press.


The Swiss decision is the second year in a row it has invoked the safeguard clause for the EU8.

The clause will expire once and for all in May 2014.

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  • Puggg

    Remember, “citizens of EU countries” often means black Africans from France, Muslims from Belgium, Turks from Germany, Arab/Muslims from Spain, Gypsies-Roma from various E European countries, and what not.

    • Paleoconn

      Excellent point. They are trying to limit the third worlders. But even if they wanted to limit entry of Greeks, Irish, or Poles, still it would show allegiance to their own, which is healthy and correct.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Precisely. These “European Union Workers” are not European and not workers.

      Calling them Algerian and Turkish welfare moochers, however would probably hurt someone’s pweshious widdle feewings.

  • Romulus

    Basically, non european riff raff

  • NYB

    ( the 1.2 million immigrants) “had a positive impact … in terms of consumer spending and on the construction industry.”

    Adding a sudden influx of unnecessary people is like crack cocaine for the economy, where the high is short lived, and the hangover is deadly. Once they are all housed and efficiencies of distribution have been maximized, the overheated economy crashes, as in Spain.

    • Paleoconn

      There is no high or benefit, short-lived or otherwise.

      • NYB

        The ‘high’ is quantitative in the sudden spike in construction jobs, the sale of building materials, new consumer loans, and an uptick in sales of household consumer goods and services.

        Most of it is paid for by debt, and not backed by any real wealth.

  • bigone4u

    At least the Swiss don’t spout that garbage, “Diversity is our strength. Diversity unites us. Diversity is good.” The next time I need a pocket knife I think I’ll buy a Swiss Army Knife just to reward them for their good sense.

  • Secret Tribunal

    Switzerland now added to SPLC Hate Watch list, which means the UN Human Rights Commission will soon open an “inquiry into the recent outbreak of mass Swiss White Privilege syndrome”.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Good for Switzerland. I’m glad to see at least one white country still has some common sense.

    • White Mom in WDC

      Maybe people here will get the drift and push to follow their lead. But then again, common sense is not common

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        Most Americans support lessening immigration. It’s only the traitorous political class that wants to open the floodgates.

        I have called my senators, but they’re both anti-white and are voting for amnesty. It’s so disappointing.

  • sbuffalonative

    It said some nice things about EU migrants. It noted that the 1.2 million EU citizens who already live in the 8-million-strong country have “had a positive impact … in particular in
    terms of consumer spending and on the construction industry.”

    More consumers.

    Welcome to the new world paradigm: GROWTH.

    GROWTH will be the end of the west especially when third-world populations are reproducing at third-world rates in first-world nations. At that point, the first-world will be the third-world.

    But at least we’ll have GROWTH.

    • bigone4u

      One of the hidden costs of immigration is that Mexicans are poor drivers. Que sera sera. When cars collide with trucks driven by Mexicans, GDP goes up when the car and truck are replaced by new ones. It’s a phantom increase in well being, but it means the politicians can brag about how the economy is growing. Even in Economics 101 we teach that happiness is not necessarily associated with growth or GDP.

    • Tomas

      Your observation is spot on. GROWTH is the greatest economic fallacy.

      There’s a worldwide delusion that economies can just keep growing and that we’ll all keep getting richer and richer… in a world of FINITE RESOURCES!

      The planet cannot sustain its current population for much longer, let alone the coming “brown armageddon”.

      Europe will be the first to collapse under this paradigm. The cultural marxists have already happily accepted that since the native population is decreasing, the only thing they can do to keep growing and to keep their socialist pension systems and other benefits afloat is to flood Europe with non-europeans. Since these non-europeans are unproductive and such a large percentage of them live on welfare (around 80% of muslims in Germany are on Hartz IV), their solution is to further tax their dwindling native population to death while increasing immigration of more unproductive browns.

      On the other hand, we have the crony capitalists who have no interest in the wider society in which they live, only in their bank accounts. Their greed for the holy dollar at the expense of their kinsmen is inmensurable. If in order to make a buck they have to sack their own countrymen and ship their jobs overseas, or lobby the government to flood their own country with cheap labor, they’ll do it without even blinking. In the process, they’ll also destroy every natural resource in the planet.

      We need a white revolution.

      • NYB

        The perils of growth should be the uniting issue of whites from the far left to the far right.

        Unfortunately, there seems to be too many fanatics on the left who won’t compromise. They’d sooner throw planet earth under a bus than stand under the same umbrella with a conservative.

  • Garrett Brown

    Switzerland will most likely be one of the only two to three northern European countries that decreases immigration instead of increase it in the next decade. I believe they will be one of the few coutries that fights the EU and can definitely do so with the utmost respect and caution since every single male citizen is armed. I respect the Swiss very much, wish I lived there.

  • The__Bobster

    It noted that the 1.2 million EU citizens who already live in the 8-million-strong country have “had a positive impact … in particular in terms of consumer spending and on the construction industry.”

    Only the migrants and a few elites are “positively impacted”. The natives have to put up with lower wages and more-crowded cities and roads.

  • The__Bobster

    The clause will expire once and for all in May 2014.


    I can see the usual suspects rubbing their little ratlike fingers together in anticipation.

  • pcmustgo

    Thank god

  • WR_the_realist

    Unfortunately American politicians never listen to American citizens — unless they’re stateless billionaires seeking cheap labor.

    • Paleoconn

      In other words wealthy non-citizens or dual citizens whose real allegiance is to another country, not the US.

  • MBlanc46

    Switzerland is actually one of the few places where multiculturalism has worked. Those eight million people have four national languages, German, French, Italian, and Romansch. It must be the mountain air. Instead of telling the Swiss what to do, the EU ought to be taking notes.

    • Paleoconn

      Those aren’t exactly very different cultures. They are all White and Christian, almost all Catholic to boot. Just like the founding peoples of the US were all White, northern European Christian stock.

      • MBlanc46

        That’s fine as far as it goes, but you can certainly tell the difference between Geneva and Zurich.

        • Paleoconn

          I agree but the way most liberals in the west define their multicult, it involves all the colors of the spectrum.

          • MBlanc46

            People of color are certainly the flavor of the century. To get a solid take on multiculturalism, I think that you have to look at its full range of manifestations. The former Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union come immediately to mind. So do Ireland, Belgium, Spain (Andalucians, Catalans, and Basques), and Canada (I mean British vs. French, not the more recent immigrants). Historically, you could look at the Austro-Hungarian empire. On the whole, it’s not a pretty picture. There’ve been a several racially homogenous polities that have never integrated. The Swiss certainly appear to have done a better job than most.

      • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

        If you check close, you’ll find that historically, Switzerland had separate ethnic communities AND they were/are minimalists where it comes to religion. Deep history shows that the suppressed Knights Templar set up the state and are responsible for its fierce neutrality and the establishment of its banking system set up to profit from squabbling neighbors (Swiss flag is inverted Templar banner). While it’s true that The Red Cross and other charities were established by high-minded Christian influenced Swiss citizens, in the most cynical view, it is merely a marketing strategy set up to enhance and further protect the banking state. The claim that they are anything but nominal Christians is questionable. I have known many Swiss people and they are pretty minimal in that department, although Switzerland has been used historically as a haven/protection for Protestant groups such as Huguenots, Martinists, etc., during the Wars of the Reformation, which lasted a few centuries. And today for example, outlandish groups like Rudolf Steiner’s Theosophy offshoot, Anthroposophy have well established colonies there. They are famous for tolerating other European ethnic and religious communities. When this extended to black Africans and Islam, the door opened to the pathway to the states destruction. But that’s what happens when overzealous Christian missionaries get their fame from making excursions into Africa to “save” natives. Again, Christianity at the root of European failure.

  • Collaro

    One quick note: Switzerland is not in the EU. That is why they were able to do this.