The term ‘emigration’ is not clearly defined (see the introduction to the topic of emigration in the Swiss Historical Lexicon). The destination of an emigration can be within (domestic migration) or outside of Switzerland. Information on a migrating person can be found at his or her place of departure, at the points of temporary stop-over and at the final immigration destination.
Form of an emigration contract by the emigration agency Wirth & Fischer in Aarau, ca. 1864 (taken from AKT 34/107 C.7)