The Mouvement Citoyens Genevois (MCG) wants employers to show that they cannot find a local candidate before employing a foreign national living in a border country, in Geneva’s case mainly France.
Supplementing the article in Switzerland’s federal constitution on mass immigration, the initiative dubbed “Frontaliers : stop!” will require employers to show that there are no locals that can fill a job vacancy before hiring a foreign cross-border resident.
Supporters of the initiative hope to control the issuance of G-permits. According to the MCG, currently around 100,000 people hold these permits, which allow non-Swiss commuters from border countries to work in Switzerland.
The party says cross-border workers are keeping locals out of the local job market, particularly young workers and over 50s, which is taking a toll on taxpayers and society.
They say the change will stop cross-border workers competing with local residents while allowing employers to take on staff that cannot be recruited locally.
The MCG has until 15 June to collect enough valid signatures.