Switzerland Upsets European Neighbors With Immigration Quota

Invalidates an agreement to let E.U. citizens move freely across borders

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European Union countries have reacted with dismay at the results of a Swiss referendum which narrowly backed reintroducing immigration quotas with the E.U.

Final results for Sunday’s vote showed 50.3% of Swiss voters in favor of the quota. It invalidates an agreement between Switzerland and the E.U. on the freedom of movement of E.U. citizens, one of the core principles of the bloc.

Both the French and German foreign ministers said the vote would cause Switzerland problems, reports the BBC. The European Commission, the executive arm of the E.U., said it regretted the vote results and would look into its implications. “The single market is not a Swiss cheese,” warned E.U. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding. “You cannot have a single market with holes in it.”

Switzerland has the second highest foreign population in Europe. E.U. citizens have had the right to access the Swiss job market and enjoy freedom of movement in Switzerland since 2007, despite it not being an E.U. member state.

The right-wing Swiss People’s Party, which spearheaded the vote, believes its quotas will relieve what it claims are pressures on housing, health, education, jobs and transport from immigration.

[BBC]

5 comments
AmitAtlantaUSA
AmitAtlantaUSA

Well Done Switzerland!

Please don't end up ghettoizing your beautiful country with welfare dependent, unadaptable migrants from Muslim countries who will conspire against your own country sooner or later.......just as it's going on in France, Germany, Italy, Greece, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark........


Also, say NO TO EMBRACING ISLAMIC TURKEY into the EU.......Plz. don't be deceived by covert Islamists such as CNN/Time's Mr. FAREED ZAKARIA who want to see greater Islamization of Europe!

Karl
Karl

The Swiss have voted. They have that right no matter what Brussels, and the multinational corporations say.

jerry48
jerry48

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Was Tim MC VEIGH muslim ????

The majority of foreigners working in Switzerland are French, German and Italian !

stupid ignorant racist/hater !