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Switzerland

A Business-Friendly Approach to Immigration

Switzerland maintains pro-growth policies on high-skilled foreign nationals, intracompany transfers and retaining international students postgraduation, with applications for high-skilled work permits and transfers rarely denied. The country’s agreement with the EU provides access to its 500 million residents as a source of labor. The potential for quotas on the admission of EU citizens starting in 2017, due to the 2014 referendum, creates uncertainty until resolved, but it should not affect policies in 2015 or 2016.

Score Breakdown: Switzerland vs. United States

About the Report

Business Roundtable selected the evaluated countries based on five criteria:

  1. Worldwide university rankings;
  2. Per-capita income;
  3. Gross domestic product growth rate;
  4. Net migration rate; and
  5. Research and development investment.

After comparing each advanced economy relative to the five criteria, the top 10 countries (including the United States) were selected for the study: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Not coincidentally, these are the countries with which the United States competes most for foreign talent, particularly in science and technology fields.