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back to work Jobless in Switzerland need more education, say social groups

Two leading Swiss organisations for social action and further education have called for big investment in training opportunities for the unemployed.

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Downward trend Improving EU economy sparks plunge in Swiss immigration

The number of European Union workers arriving in Switzerland halved last year from a 2013 peak, falling to 30,799 in 2017.

Global initiative A step towards a new global compact on migration

UN Secretary-General António Guterres explains how migration can benefit the world and what the UN are planning to do to help.

Animal welfare Switzerland bans crustacean cruelty

As part of an overall animal protection reform, the Swiss government has banned the common practice of boiling lobsters without stunning them first.

Biel/Bienne Swiss watchmaking city tries to shed gritty reputation

Home to watchmaking giants Rolex and Swatch, the city of Biel struggles to attract newcomers due to a reputation for financial and cultural poverty.

Islam in Switzerland Three-quarters of Swiss back a burka ban

A nationwide ban on face-coverings – a de facto burka ban – would currently get the thumbs-up from 76% of Swiss voters.

flown home Switzerland sent back 287 foreigners on special flights in 2017

In 2017, the Swiss state carried out 64 specially-chartered flights to send back 287 foreigners and asylum seekers without adequate residency permits.

#WeAreSwissAbroad Kurt Sieber: 57 years in Japan – thoughts of a retiree

Swiss businessman Kurt E. Sieber went to live in Japan in 1960. What does he think about his chosen home?