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Université de Neuchâtel

Urban Production from Manufacturing to Financialisation : the Case of China

Theurillat, Thierry ; Rime, Delphine ; Crevoisier, Olivier

(Working Papers MAPS ; 1)

During the twentieth Century, urban production theories considered manufacturing as the main engine for development. Today, financialization of real estate as well as mobile consumer’s expenses have developed at a larger scale and play an increasing role. We argue that this shift affects the Global South as well as the Global North. The Chinese case shows the relevance of a territorial...

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Do Swiss Citizens of Immigrant Origin Face Hiring Discrimination in the Labour Market?

Zschirnt, Eva ; Fibbi, Rosita

(nccr on the move ; 20)

The extent to which discrimination in employment disadvantages children of immigrants is a major question both in economic research on labour market and in sociological studies of integration. This working paper contributes to the debate by reporting findings of a correspondence test in which pairs of equally qualified Swiss citizens –one from the majority group and one from one minority...

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Legitimacy, distantiation and the ecology of knowledge production in the Norwegian asylum procedure

Rosset, Damian

(Working Papers MAPS ; 2)

The strict separation between the production of country of origin information (COI) and the assessment of asylum applications is a fundamental norm in the professional practice of COI producers. By looking at the Norwegian COI unit, this article examines the way this separation is materialized through an infrastructure of distantiation built around COI production sites. This apparatus is...

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How many Migrants does the Swiss Pension System Need?

Milivinti, Alice

(nccr on the move ; 19)

The positive role exerted by migrants to decelerate the ageing population process of devel oped countries has been stressed by many studies. However, the actual number of migrants needed to sustain the pension systems and its effectiveness in the long-run often remains tacit. While assuming the increment of the retired population to be the only shock, this study un dertakes an accounting exercise...

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SWISSCIT Index on Citizenship Law in Swiss Cantons: Conceptualisation, Measurement, Aggregation

Arrighi, Jean-Thomas ; Piccoli, Lorenzo

(nccr on the move ; 18)

In the Swiss federal context, the acquisition of citizenship through ordinary naturalization, the enjoyment of electoral rights as a foreign resident, and the retention of the franchise as a Swiss citizen abroad is not uniformly defined through a single federal law but co-determined by the cantons. In this explanatory note, we introduce SWISSCIT, a set of indicators measuring how inclusive...

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Return Me – If You Can: 10th Anniversary of the Adoption of the EU Return Directive – A Success Story?

Progin-Theuerkauf, Sarah

(nccr on the move ; 17)

The EU Return Directive will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2018. As part of the Schengen Acquis, this Directive is also binding for Switzerland. This Working Paper analyses whether the Directive has actually achieved its aim of setting up a "fair and transparent regime for returns", by pointing out four major problems, also identified by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Professional drone usage in Switzerland : results of a quantitative survey of public and private drone users

Klauser, Francisco ; Pauschinger, Dennis ; Pedrozo, Silvana ; Stuber, Lea ; Placì, Rahel

(Working Papers MAPS ; 2)

In recent years, drones have become much more accessible as professional tools for public and private actors. The technology has been integrated into everyday working routines and has created new professional fields. These developments have sparked increased media attention and socio-political debate regarding the opportunities and risks of drone use, and the necessary regulatory response....

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Cutting out the middleman : a case study of blockchain-induced reconfigurations in the Swiss financial services industry

Witzig, Pascal ; Salomon, Victoriya

(Working Papers MAPS ; 1)

Blockchain-technology promises to have far-reaching economic and social implications, which are not yet foreseeable in its extent. It threatens to disintermediate many wellestablished sectors of the economy, and incumbent businesses might be overtaken by ambitious newcomers. The financial services industry is particularly “ripe for disintermediation” since blockchain-technology has with...

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The Privileged and Useful Migrant: An Evaluation of Changing Policy and Scholarly Approaches Towards High-skilled Migration

Hercog, Metka

(nccr on the move ; 16)

The purpose of this paper has been to examine the position of high-skilled migration within the contemporary migration debate in relation to the wider issue of who and what constitutes skilled migration. The paper reviews policy and scholarly approaches towards high-skilled migration within three main strands of research literature: immigration policy analysis, research on migrationdevelopment...

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Fast-Tracking Full Citizenship in the Context of the Swiss Integration Stage Model

Kurt, Stefanie

(nccr on the move ; 15)

In 2014, the Federal Assembly adopted the new Swiss Citizenship Act, which will enter into force on the 1st of January 2018. One of the missions of this Act is to align the pre-conditions for Swiss Citizenship with the Swiss integration stage model, a controversial move by the Federal Assembly that tightens the rules for access to citizenship and consequently narrows the space of cantonal...