The Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad (YPSA) is a new youth organisation that is working together closely with the Organisation of Swiss Abroad (OSA). Within Switzerland, we have witnessed a surge in youth associations, youth parliaments that aim to improve the community within a region or a city. Seeing as these projects have turned out to be huge successes, we felt that there was a need for the representation of the young Swiss Abroad community as well.
This is why the Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad (YPSA) was founded on 15 August 2015 in Geneva. In October of the same year, we had our first elections through which a committee of 13 members from all over the world was elected. The committee members currently represent five continents: Africa, Europe, North-America, South-America and Oceania. In the future, we hope to expand our reach to other continents as well in order to make the committee more representative of its members who reside in 22 nations across six continents.
YPSA aims to create a sense of community and a link to Switzerland for the young Swiss Abroad between 15 and 35, currently living abroad or who have lived abroad for more than 10 years. By creating a platform, we hope to encourage discussion and political involvement. Furthermore, the committee aims to raise awareness of the needs of the young Swiss Abroad, to promote activities, to provide information, and organise youth conferences. We hope to aid young Swiss Abroad in relating to their roots.
As well as the social aspect that YPSA brings to the young Swiss Abroad community, YPSA will also promote awareness of political rights and responsibilities for young Swiss Abroad, while remaining a non-political association. On our online platform we will provide information about elections and referenda, but also present information on topics such as how Swiss Abroad can study in Switzerland.
We would like to invite you to join our new organisation and help us spread the word in order for our platform to become bigger and reach out to even more young Swiss Abroad. Our online platform can be found on Facebook, under ‘Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad (YPSA)’. We are also represented on Instagram under ‘YPSA Switzerland’ and are aiming to increase our presence on other social media as well.
If you have any questions, queries or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us, we welcome your input.
The foundation of the Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad was supported by the Youth division of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad. However, the Youth Parliament is an independent community and is independent of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad.
To find out more about YPSA go to the OSA webpage
OSA PRESS RELEASE: Bern, 28 June 2018 – The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) welcomes the Federal Council’s decision to commission the Federal Chancellery with the preparation of a project that makes e-voting a regular voting option. This decision represents a significant step forward in the introduction of e-voting and recognises it as a safe and reliable option. For Swiss Abroad, this e-voting is often the only way to exercise their political rights.
OSA PRESS RELEASE: Bern, 13 June 2018 – The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) representing the interests of 751,800 compatriots living abroad, is disappointed that the Council of States today rejected Motion 17.3626 by 30 votes to 9 with 4 abstentions. The Council of States has decided not to follow the majority of its Foreign Policy Commission (APK-S) and has rejected a motion calling on PostFinance to accept Swiss Abroad on similar terms as citizens residing in Switzerland. The problem that has existed for our compatriots living abroad for ten years remains unresolved.
OSA PRESS RELEASE: Bern, 30 May 2018 – The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) is relieved that the Council of States has today decided to follow the recommendation of its Commission on Social Security and Health (SGK-S) to delete the amendment to Article 4 (1) in the context of the supplementary benefits reform. This means that the current rules remain in place. Last March, the National Council approved an application whereby Swiss Abroad would have had to pay social security contributions (AHV) for at least ten years in order to qualify for supplementary benefits, which would have discriminated against Swiss Abroad.
On 10 March 2018, at he CSA meeting in Bern, the executive of the OSA announced that it had entered into a partnership with the Geneva Cantonal Bank (BCGE).
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The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) would like to know about difficulties you have encountered in the area of health insurance and the practical problems that you face as a Swiss person living abroad. This may be of specific relevance to those living temporarily in the Oceania region or those in need for travel insurance when visiting Switzerland. By the same token, if you have had positive experiences or wish to share good practices, please do so!
The purpose is to look at ways of improving the situation of Swiss people living abroad in this regard.
You can send your experiences and suggestions to us delegates and/or directly to the head office in Bern: email@example.com
The legislative body of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA), the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA), met for its biennial meeting at the town hall in Bern on 10 March 2018.
The meeting followed on an informal exchange with Swiss parliamentarians on Thursday afternoon where a first update on the political issues with relevance for the Swiss Abroad was given.
The Swiss Parliament voted for the Introduction of Automatic Exchange of Information with New Zealand. A summary and comments by Peter Ehrler, New Zealand Member of the Council of the Swiss Abroad.
On 27 September, the National Council (Nationalrat) followed the recommendation from the Economic Commission of the Lower House and rejected implementing the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) with New Zealand. The majority of the members are of the opinion that the Swiss in New Zealand are disadvantaged over other Swiss living abroad, because of the Swiss pension (AHV) being confiscated by the New Zealand Government.
Are you receiving an income from the Swiss Social Insurance (AHV/AVS or IV/AI)?
You may be entitled to claim a tax deduction in Australia for personal contributions paid into the insurance.