Three special stamps of Philately Liechtenstein printed on a sheet of 16 stamps address the globally much discussed issue of migration. Designer Peter Vetsch shows one person each from the Arab, African and East Asian cultures on the stamps named “Hope” (value: CHF 0.85), “Departure” (value: CHF 1.00) and “New Beginning” (value: CHF 1.30). The colours selected symbolise the countries where the people come from while their face appears in the shape of the country of Liechtenstein, thus highlighting the Now.
From a historical viewpoint, the history of migration largely reflects Liechtenstein’s economic history. Emigration in the 19th century was followed in the boom phase of the economy after the Second World War by intensive immigration which has continued up to the present day.
According to statistics of 2014, the share of foreigners living in Liechtenstein came to 33.7 percent. In the reporting year, there were 615 immigrants in contrast to 476 emigrants. Just under two thirds of all the foreigners come from German-speaking countries, largely from the neighbouring countries of Switzerland and Austria. At just under 10 percent of the population, people from Italy and Turkey are the second largest group. The remaining 27.5 percent are people from countries around the world.