Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Immigration Article of the Day: The Swiss Vote Against Mass Immigration and International Law: A Preliminary Assessment by Vincent Chetail
The Swiss Vote Against Mass Immigration and International Law: A Preliminary Assessment by Vincent Chetail, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEI) April 19, 2014 Migration Policy Practice, 2014, Vol. IV, Number 1, pp. 12-16
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to identify which treaties are in contradiction with the new article 121a of the Swiss Constitution. Though this survey is not exhaustive, no fewer than 58 treaties appear to be incompatible with immigration quotas. While covering various fields of international law and relations, these treaties mainly concern three key areas: headquarter agreements concluded with international organizations; conventions governing refugee protection and treaties on the free movement of persons concluded with the European Union and the European Free Trade Association. The article further identifies for each type of treaties the different options available to Switzerland.