IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Swiss government has confirmed that beginning June 1, nationals of Bulgaria and Romania will no longer be subject to quotas and will be entitled to free movement and full access to the Swiss labor market.
What does the change mean? Like other EU nationals, Bulgarian and Romanian nationals will no longer need to apply for work permits to work in Switzerland on local employment contracts.
Background: The Swiss government was expected to lift restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians, who currently make up less than 1 percent of the foreign resident population. Under a safeguard clause in the Swiss-EU agreement on the free movement of people, if immigration of Bulgarians and Romanians surpasses 10 percent over the median of the previous three years, Switzerland may reintroduce immigration quotas until May 31, 2019.
BAL Analysis: Beginning June 1, Swiss employers may hire Bulgarian and Romanian nationals on local employment contracts without seeking work-permit approval, and the employees need only to register with the municipality where they live before starting work.
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