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Old 14.02.2019, 11:08
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Switzerland will introduce a quota system allowing Britons to come and work in the country in the event Britain crashes out of the European Union without an exit deal. Under the system 3,500 British citizens coming to Switzerland for the first time will be allowed to work, the Bern government said on Wednesday. The cap for residence permits will be set at 2,100, with an additional 1,400 short-stay permits allowed.
The quota, which will apply from March 30 to Dec. 31, is intended to replace the current Agreement of Free Movement of Persons between Switzerland and Britain which runs out March 30.
To put it into a bit of perspective:

Immigration from the UK (nationality, as opposed to residence), emigration numbers in brackets:

2008: 5773 (2642)
2009: 5045 (2521)
2010: 5697 (3501)
2011: 5523 (3325)
2012: 4664 (3687)
2013: 4922 (3681)
2014: 4655 (3783)
2015: 4312 (3853)
2016: 3902 (3830)
2017: 4119 (3435)

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With FMOP there are 43000 Brits living in Switzerland. The Swiss government have very generously offered a 3500 cap. That would allow for an 8% increase in Brits moving every single year. We're very unlikely to come anywhere close to that cap.
The numbers tell a different story.

Last edited by Urs Max; 14.02.2019 at 12:35. Reason: Combined immigration and emigration nombers into one better readable list
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