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Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus

  • This open access book sheds light on how economic drivers, societal factors and legal norms shape today’s migration patterns

  • Provides new insights into new migration patterns and integration processes in a high-income country with high levels of immigration

  • Written from a pluri-disciplinary perspective it helps identify approaches and solutions which can enhance immigrants’ integration

  • Based on the Migration-Mobility Survey

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Today’s Migration-Mobility Nexus in Switzerland

      • Gianni D’Amato, Philippe Wanner, Ilka Steiner
      Pages 3-20Open Access
    3. Surveying Migrants in Europe. Experiences of the Swiss Migration-Mobility Survey

      • Ilka Steiner, Aljoscha Landös
      Pages 21-54Open Access
  3. Migratory Process and Arrival in Switzerland

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 55-55
    2. Who Receives More Help? The Role of Employer Support in Migration Processes

      • Laure Sandoz, Fabian Santi
      Pages 57-81Open Access
  4. Labour Market Participation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 101-101
    2. Employment Trajectories of Recent Immigrants in Switzerland

      • Elena Vidal-Coso
      Pages 123-159Open Access
  5. Social Life and Political Participation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 187-187
    2. Immigrants’ Feelings of Attachment to Switzerland: Does the Cantonal Context Matter?

      • Salomon Bennour, Anita Manatschal
      Pages 189-220Open Access
    3. Who Feels Disadvantaged? Reporting Discrimination in Surveys

      • Daniel Auer, Didier Ruedin
      Pages 221-242Open Access
  6. Transnational Life and Future Migratory Intentions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 265-265
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 315-315
    2. Conclusions

      • Philippe Wanner, Ilka Steiner
      Pages 317-328Open Access

About this book

This open access book provides insight on current patterns of migration in Switzerland, which fall along a continuum from long-term and permanent to more temporary and fluid.  These patterns are shaped by the interplay of legal norms, economic drivers and societal factors. The various dimensions of this Migration-Mobility Nexus are investigated by means of newly collected survey data: the Migration-Mobility Survey.

The book covers different aspects of life in the host country, including the family dimension, the labour market and political participation as well as social integration. The book also takes into account the chronological dimension of migration by considering the migrants’ arrival, their stay, and their expectations regarding return.

Through applying conclusions drawn from the Swiss context to the migration literature on other European and high-income countries, this book contributes to new knowledge on current migration processes in high-income countries.  As such it will be a valuable reference work to scholars and students in migration, social scientists and policy makers.


  • Open access
  • Population mobility
  • Serial migrants
  • Migration and integration
  • Sending and receiving countries
  • Labor market participation
  • Social life and political participation
  • Migration-Mobility Nexus
  • Migration-Mobility Survey
  • Integration of Migrants
  • Migration Patterns
  • Surveying migrants

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Demography and Socioeconomics IDESO, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

    Ilka Steiner, Philippe Wanner

  • nccr – on the move, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Ilka Steiner, Philippe Wanner

About the editors

Ilka Steiner is a scientific collaborator at the Institute for Demography and Socioeconomics of the University of Geneva and part of the nccr – on the move. Also, she is a lecturer in Demography at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. She is currently based the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA) as a guest researcher. Her research interests lie in immigrant demography. She obtained a PhD in Demography from the University of Geneva with a focus on remigration intentions and behaviour of immigrants, under the provision of free movement of persons. In this framework, she launched a new register based longitudinal data base for migration research in Switzerland that is today used by several research teams of the nccr – on the move. Also, she coordinated the implementation of two national surveys among immigrants living in Switzerland, thereof the first wave of the Migration-Mobility Survey. Currently, she is involved in a subproject on the impact of family formation on return migration from a comparative perspective, between Switzerland and Sweden.

Philippe Wanner is professor of demography and head of the Institute of Demography and Socioeconomics at the University of Geneva. He holds a Bachelor in Economics and a PhD in Demography. He is also Deputy Director of the nccr – on the move. His research focuses on the demographic impacts of migration and on the processes of integration, as well as on the measure of migratory flows and integration dynamics. He recently edited a book on the demography of migrants (2012) and a book on the demographic trends in Switzerland (2014). He is also author and co-author of different peer-reviewed papers on migration and integration, including the integration on the labour market or migrants' health.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus

  • Editors: Ilka Steiner, Philippe Wanner

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-05670-4Published: 22 February 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-05671-1Published: 13 February 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 328

  • Number of Illustrations: 27 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Population Economics, Sociology

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)