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Can the free movement of persons hurt the economy?

(The video is in French with available subtitles in English and German)

In the run-up to the September 27th 2020 vote on the free movement of persons, the Swiss People’s Party (SVP/UDC) is promoting a London study claiming that “free movement agreements undermine prosperity”. Free movement would have led to a drop in per capita income in Switzerland of 4.4%. This result contradicts several studies which consistently and robustly reached opposite results. To understand how this is possible, E4S brought together two specialists on the subject: Jennifer Hunt and Rafael Lalive, respectively professors at Rutgers University (New Jersey) and the University of Lausanne.


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