Representatives from sectors including construction, gastronomy and the hotel business have spoken out in favour of liberalising immigration. Their main hope is to make Liechtenstein more attractive to skilled workers.
Several business representatives have spearheaded an article in daily newspaper Liechtensteiner Vaterland that speaks in favour of liberalising immigration. Beat Gassner, president of the Builders' Association, recently spoke out in support of opening the borders a move that reflects the difficult economic situation currently facing builders.
Now, speaking on behalf of the Liechtenstein Hotel and Gastronomy Association (LHGV), board member Marcello Scarnato has commented: Immigration must become easier. Scarnato claimed that the country did not have access to the necessary skilled workers, adding that when recruiting, there was no secure settlement. He said: As a hub for the EU, we would have huge potential to create new added value.
According to the report, 20,000 people cross the border every day to go to work. This means that taxes are paid abroad, draining purchasing power, according to Marcello Scarnato.
Josef Beck, head of the Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LIHK), also sees advantages in easing immigration rules particularly in light of Switzerlands mass immigration initiative, according to the report. It added that the government has contracted the HTW Chur to conduct a study on the issue. The study will reportedly look at the value of the free movement of persons for the region.