Most Swiss Abroad residents live in neighboring countries, France, Germany and Italy. Keystone / Alessandro Crinari

The Swiss Abroad community opposes the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) initiative that seeks to curb immigration from the European Union to Switzerland.

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The SVP initiative, which reflects concerns among some Swiss citizens about immigration in general, demands that the government cancel the freedom of movement agreement with the EU within one year.

Accepting such an initiative would be disastrous for Switzerland and 460,000 Swiss citizens living in the European Union, the Swiss Abroad Congress said on Friday.

The freedom of movement agreement between Switzerland and the EU allows Swiss citizens to work and live in any country on the bloc, the organization said.

Limiting these rights will hamper the mobility of all Swiss people and damage Switzerland as a business destination, he added.

For Swiss people abroad, geographical mobility and employment, coordination of the social security system and the right to remain in the EU after completing their professional activities is very important.

In total, there were 770,900 Swiss expatriates registered in 2019. Most Swiss Abroad residents live in Europe, mainly in neighboring countries, France, Germany, and Italy.

Switzerland will vote on the SVP initiative on September 27, the first national vote since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

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