Raffestin, Claude
November 1992
Swiss Journal of Sociology;1992, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p695
Academic Journal
Human mobility has to be put in relation with the satisfaction of needs. But the very notion of need is complex. It relates to a quantity of energy and a quantity of information. There is mobility when this double-sided system energy/information is menaced. For centuries, Switzerland was a country of emigration. It is only at the end of the nineteenth century that the balance of migrations began to change in the opposite direction. Contemporary Switzerland owes quite a lot to the contributions of immigrants. Therefore it ought to consider migration movements as an essential element in home affairs as well as in foreign policy. It is possible to elaborate a global policy in that matter, which could become a model for the rest of Europe. Such a policy should be based on the idea of active welcoming, relying on training and retraining programmes. It could contribute to satisfying the information needs of countries that are emigration countries at the moment.


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