“Since I came to Switzerland as a child, I lived in hiding”

  • Imogen Foulkes
  • BBC News, Ginebra

image source, Egidio Stigliano


Egidio Stigliano (centre) went into hiding when he traveled from Italy to Switzerland.

For decades, the children of migrants who have moved to Switzerland are demanding an apology for a policy they say has destroyed their families and traumatized many of them.

From the 1950s to the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of workers traveled to Switzerland, first from Italy and later from Spain, Portugal and the former Yugoslavia.

They worked in factories, highways, construction, restaurants and hotels. Switzerland’s great economic success is undoubtedly due to them.

But there were flaws in the system.

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