Switzerland, Decolonisation, and Migration: The Case of the Association of Swiss Despoiled of Algeria or Overseas Possessions

Author(s) : Marisa Fois

Source : https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94247-6_13

Abstract:

« Vast out-migration accompanied decolonisation in Africa, with a huge impact throughout Europe. The multi-century flow of Europeans to Africa reversed as European expatriate communities returned to Europe. This migration affected every European country, including Switzerland, although it was never a colonial power. The chapter aims to shed light on Switzerland’s role in decolonisation by looking at the Swiss community in Algeria, focusing on the Association of Swiss Despoiled of Algeria or Overseas Possessions. This organisation was established in 1967, five years after Algerian independence, in order to seek compensation for the loss of property in Algeria and pensions due for years working overseas. The postcolonial Swiss migration represents a good example of the country’s refusal to face its implications in the colonial project. »

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