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Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus

  • Ilka Steiner
  • Philippe Wanner
  • 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

Open Access

Part of the IMISCOE Research Series book series (IMIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gianni D’Amato, Philippe Wanner, Ilka Steiner
      Pages 3-20 Open Access
    3. Ilka Steiner, Aljoscha Landös
      Pages 21-54 Open Access
  3. Migratory Process and Arrival in Switzerland

  4. Labour Market Participation

  5. Social Life and Political Participation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Salomon Bennour, Anita Manatschal
      Pages 189-220 Open Access
    3. Daniel Auer, Didier Ruedin
      Pages 221-242 Open Access
  6. Transnational Life and Future Migratory Intentions

  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. Philippe Wanner, Ilka Steiner
      Pages 317-328 Open 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

  • Ilka Steiner
    • 1
  • Philippe Wanner
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Demography and Socioeconomics IDESOUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Demography and Socioeconomics IDESOUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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
  • Series Abbreviated Title IMISCOE Research Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-05670-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-05671-1
  • Series ISSN 2364-4087
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-4095
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 328
  • Number of Illustrations 27 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    Population Economics
    Sociology, general
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