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Swiss To Cut Immigration, Limit Foreign Workers

From an outraged New York Times:

Swiss Immigration Vote Raises Alarm Across Europe

By MELISSA EDDY and STEPHEN CASTLE | FEB. 10, 2014

BERLIN — Swiss and European leaders reacted warily on Monday to the narrow approval by Swiss voters of a proposal to limit the number of foreigners allowed to live and work in Switzerland. A bare majority voted in a referendum on Sunday to cut immigration quotas and require that Swiss nationals be given priority in hiring.

How horrible! And we thought the Swiss were the very model of enlightenment and liberality. By the way, they are talking about legal immigrants.

The result could have far-reaching implications for relations between Switzerland and the 28-member European Union, of which it is not a member. Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister, said Monday that the European Union would have to reconsider its relationship with Switzerland…

And never mind that the countries in the EU are doing exactly the very same thing and more. But they just aren’t admitting it openly.

While staying outside the European Union, Switzerland, which is surrounded by countries that are members of the bloc, has opted to increase cooperation progressively with the bloc. Its ties are governed by around 100 bilateral agreements, based on a free trade deal struck in 1972. That leaves it potentially vulnerable to retaliation from the bloc…

Because nations aren’t allowed to set their own immigration policies. (Which are among the primary duties of any nation’s government.)

Switzerland has one of the highest proportions of foreigners in Europe, amounting to about 27 percent of the country’s population of about eight million. Many job seekers have arrived from countries hit hard by the European economic crisis…

The Swiss should just accept the fact that their country does not belong to them, and shut up about it.

The referendum on the changes to the country’s liberal immigration law was a rebuke to the Swiss government, the banking industry and business leaders, who had lobbied against the restrictions, warning that such a move could endanger Switzerland’s prosperity.

Gee, that sounds vaguely familiar.

The admonitions failed to drown out the warnings of the rightist Swiss People’s Party, which introduced the referendum that it said was necessary if Switzerland was to retain its identity in the face of immigration.

No country has any right ‘to retain its identity.’ Well, no Western country, anyway.

Immigration has become a polarizing issue across Europe. More prosperous nations are growing worried that their welfare systems cannot handle an influx of workers from the poorer Eastern European countries and some southern member states.

Far-right parties with anti-immigrant platforms in France, the Netherlands and Norway have gained strength in recent years, and there have been sharp debates in Britain and Germany over limiting the number of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania because citizens from those countries gained full access to European Union job markets this year…

“It is becoming more and more obvious to people across Europe that unfettered free movement from the poorest countries on the continent into the more advanced ones with higher living standards and welfare entitlements is unsustainable,” Britain’s U.K. Independence Party said in a statement…

Oh, those crazy far right extremists.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, February 10th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Swiss To Cut Immigration, Limit Foreign Workers”

  1. Astravogel

    And the Swiss even have the nerve to not only
    let citizens access weapons, but to require it!

  2. Right of the People

    The Swiss were the only smart ones staying completely out of the EU. With the open border policies in place now there’s no way for them to completely stop the influx of “visiting” brethren from other EU countries. If we had laws even one tenth as restrictive as other countries like even Mexico the liberals would be screaming their dizzy little heads off.

    We need to bring back Operation Wetback.




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