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How to explain migration policy openness in times of closure? The case of international students in Switzerland

Yvonne Riaño, Annique Lombard & Etienne Piguet

Résumé Since the 1990s, Swiss immigration policies have placed increasing restrictions on non-European Union (EU) immigrants. However, in 2011, based on the initiative of Jacques Neirynck, the Swiss Parliament approved a law facilitating the admission and integration of non-EU nationals with a Swiss university degree. How can this policy openness in times of closure be explained? Drawing on the narratives of stakeholders during parliamentarian debates, and interviews with key political actors, we propose a unique explanatory approach combining: (1) the convincing narratives of steering crafted by parliamentarians, (2) an appropriate temporal and geographical context, and (3) the biographical capacity of the policy initiator to effect policy change. This model will be useful for studies of migration policy change in general.
   
Mots-clés Policy change, migration policies, student migration, third-country students, parliamentary debates, narratives of steering
   
Citation Riaño, Y., Lombard, A., & Piguet, E. (2018). How to explain migration policy openness in times of closure? The case of international students in Switzerland. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 16(3), 295-307.
   
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 7-1-2018
Nom du périodique Globalisation, Societies and Education
Volume 16
Numéro 3
Pages 295-307