Press Release (03.03.2014, FDJP)
Federal Councillor Sommaruga informs EU about new constitutional provisions on immigration
Bern. Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, the head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), travelled to Brussels on Monday to inform the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) about the implementation of Switzerland's new constitutional provisions on immigration. She explained that voters in Switzerland had come out in favour of a change of system involving quotas. Switzerland has three years in which to implement the provisions and seek a solution with the EU. The agreement on the free movement of persons will be applied in full until that time.
Press Release (12.02.2014, FDJP)
New system for immigration: Federal Council sets out steps towards implementation
Berne. The Federal Council took a number of initial decisions on Wednesday with regard to implementing the new constitutional provisions on immigration. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will work with the Departments of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) to draw up an implementation plan by the end of June. A draft law will be presented by the end of the year. At the same time the Federal Council will hold exploratory talks with the European Union (EU) with a view to conducting negotiations on the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) and to clarify the situation with regard to other bilateral negotiations already under way.
Press Release (09.02.2014, FDJP)
Change in immigration system: Yes to popular initiative aimed at stopping mass immigration
Bern. The Swiss population has adopted a popular initiative aimed at stopping mass immigration. This brings with it a change of system in Switzerland’s immigration policy. The new constitutional provisions require that immigration be restricted by means of quantitative limits and quotas. The Federal Council will set to work on implementing these without delay.