The numbers are impressive: since 2000 alone, the population of Switzerland has grown from 7.17 million to 8.67 million in 2020. That’s 21 percent.
In a European comparison, Switzerland thus occupies a top position. For example, population growth in Great Britain (+14.2 percent) and France (+10.3 percent) was significantly lower. Germany, which is around ten times larger, grew in absolute terms by only around one million people – in Switzerland it was around 1.5 million.
“It can’t go on like this”
“We are marching towards the ten million Switzerland with big strides,” says SVP National Councilor Thomas Matter (56) to consider. “It can’t go on like this.” The People’s Party is therefore making plans for a popular initiative to slow down population growth, as SVP faction leader Thomas Aeschi (43) confirms via Twitter.
The SVP once again has immigration in mind. After all, the party has already celebrated a major success with the topic. Their mass immigration initiative was approved in 2014 with 50.3 percent. In order to control immigration, she demanded annual maximum numbers, quotas and priority for nationals on the labor market. However, it was implemented only reluctantly, with a small preference for nationals when looking for a job.
Party wants to start again
However, the limitation initiative clearly shipwrecked in 2020.
Now the SVP wants to try again. However, the plans are still at a very early stage. The SVP strategists are still considering how the goal should be implemented in concrete terms. The introduction of quotas would be possible again. “But it is clear that this massive immigration cannot be a long-term strategy,” emphasizes Matter. (dba)