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University of New Hampshire

Publication Date

Spring 2019

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Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy


This paper shall analyze Swiss attitudes as they relate to migration in order to explain why recent controversial popular initiatives aimed against foreigners have been successful. Swiss attitudes will be analyzed as they relate to perceptions of economic and cultural threat. More specifically, Swiss attitudes will be related to specific fears of labor market competition, social spending, over-foreignization, and integration with the EU. Afterwards, these attitudes will be used to explain the success of controversial popular initiatives as a means to implement policy aimed against foreigners.


Civic and Community Engagement | European Languages and Societies | Migration Studies | Political Science | Public Affairs | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Work, Economy and Organizations


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