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The State and Emigration
Already with the first departures of Valaisans for overseas emigration, shortly after the Valais joined the Swiss Confederation, the state was concerned about this phenomenon, for it called into question its federating and unifying ideal.
Emigration took the relay of the foreign service and appeared as the manifestation of an incompatibility between an increasing part of the population and its political institutions, casting doubt on the credibility of the latter.