Switzerland, migration 19th century to present
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Häberlein, J. 2013. Switzerland, migration 19th century to present. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
Throughout its history, Switzerland has been a country with a relatively high percentage of immigrants and transmigrants. The emergence of modern immigration to Switzerland has a forerunner in the admission of Protestant refugees at the end of the 17th century. While the benevolent admittance of these religious refugees has become part of Switzerland's humanitarian image, the administrative practice at the time mainly consisted in granting board and lodging and in encouraging the refugees to move on (Wottreng 2000). Permanent settlement was hardly possible for “foreigners” in the Swiss cantons during the 17th and 18th century.
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