Permanently Provisional: Facts & Figures of Portuguese Immigration in Switzerland

13 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2010 Last revised: 6 Mar 2011

Date Written: February 15, 2010

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the main demographic, social and economic characteristics of Portuguese immigration in Switzerland. First, the political and economic underpinnings of Portuguese migration flows to Switzerland are outlined. The demographic and sociological composition of these flows, as well as of the Portuguese population in Switzerland, is then analyzed, and processes of economic and cultural integration are assessed. It is notably argued that the enduring Portuguese "ideology of return migration" has played a significant role in the patterns of integration of Portuguese immigrants in Switzerland.

Keywords: Portuguese immigration, Switzerland, integration, labour market

JEL Classification: F22, J15

Suggested Citation

Afonso, Alexandre, Permanently Provisional: Facts & Figures of Portuguese Immigration in Switzerland (February 15, 2010). International Migration, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=947727

Alexandre Afonso (Contact Author)

Leiden University ( email )

Postbus 9500
Leiden, Zuid Holland 2300 RA
Netherlands

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