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The government of Switzerland will introduce complete freedom of movement to Croatian nationals on January 1, 2022. This will allow Croatian citizens to apply for work and residence permits and ensure that Croatian workers and nationals in Switzerland are treated with rights equal to other foreign nationals of the EU and European Free Trade Association countries.

What’s Changed?

Since 2013, Switzerland has maintained labor market protection measures for Croatian nationals. This new decision will allow for unrestricted freedom of movement for Croatian citizens. Swiss-based companies will also no longer be required to conduct labor market tests before hiring a Croatian national.

Looking Ahead

The Swiss government will have the ability to invoke a safeguard clause if the number of Croatian workers exceeds a certain threshold.

Sources: Switzerland State Secretariat for Migration

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