Switzerland and Migration

Historical and Current Perspectives on a Changing Landscape

  • Barbara Lüthi
  • Damir Skenderovic

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Migration History book series (PSMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Epistemic Landscapes: Constructing and Deconstructing Categories

  3. Migration Regimes: Enforcement and Consolidation

  4. Migrants’ Participation and Resistance

  5. Transnational Entanglements and Exchanges

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 349-357

About this book


This book explores the history of migration in Switzerland from the late nineteenth century to the present day. It brings together recent scholarship on Switzerland in the field of cultural and migration studies, as well as migration history, and combines various research approaches from postcolonial studies, transnational studies, border studies, and history of knowledge. Since the late nineteenth century, Switzerland has gradually transformed into a migration society, becoming one of the countries in Europe with the highest percentage of migrant population. While migration has become one of most contentious issues in Swiss public and political debates, the volume also shows how migrants have developed various strategies to deal with the country’s discriminatory policies and distinct institutional settings. The authors of the volume convincingly challenge the view that Switzerland still does not represent a migration (or even post-migrant) society and substantially contributes to the long overdue acknowledgement of Switzerland in migration history and studies at the international level.


Nineteenth century Europe Sociologists Anthropologists Cultural studies Migration regimes Agency State power NGOs Post-migrant Mutliculturalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Lüthi
    • 1
  • Damir Skenderovic
    • 2
  1. 1.History DepartmentUniversity of Cologne CologneGermany
  2. 2.Department of Contemporary HistoryUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-94246-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-94247-6
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