As many of you have probably already realized, the safeguard clause has been invoked on the 24th of May 2013 (article in english here). The safeguard clause will only impact long term residence permits (B-Permits), not short term ones (L-Permits). Consequences? One could speculate that instead of having less immigrants, there will simply be different ones. How could it possibly be attractive for professionals  (for example doctors – we really don’t have enough here) to uproot their careers, families, lives in order to have a guarantee of only one year? On the other hand short term employees will be treated the same as before, even though they are less integrated and probably also less willing to become integrated, I mean whats the point for only one year?

Only time will tell what the effects will actually be – I will keep you posted.