Swiss SVP wants EU free movement restriction. Photo credit: euronews.com
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Overcrowded schools: Swiss may end free movement of Europeans soon
Swiss votes to decide on tearing up a pact with EU on free immigration of people
Citizens of the EU plus EFTA members – Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein made up 68% of the 2.1 million resident foreigners in 2019
EU emigrants, whose children contribute to the overcrowded schools, prioritize their children’s intellectual development and planned to leave Switzerland soon after.
“Mass Immigration Initiative” of 2014 approved quotas on immigration from the EU
Swiss voters will decide on Sunday whether to tear up a pact with the European Union (EU) on the free movement of people because of overcrowded schools, according to a news media source.
A recent referendum movement exposed rifts in society over foreigners who make up 25% of the population of Switzerland which could increase the population by 1.4 million by 2050.
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The news media report said that the traditionalist Swiss People’s Party (SVP) had tried to put limits on movement, including the “Mass Immigration Initiative” of 2014 that approved quotas on immigration from the EU – believed to have been downgraded by the Switzerland parliament.
The SVP — the biggest in the country’s parliament — is leading the campaign to seize back control of immigration, saying that 50% of welfare beneficiaries are foreigners as well as resounding some of the arguments pro-Brexit campaigners used in the build-up to Britain’s exit from the EU and demanding economic stability amidst coronavirus pandemic.
The political party’s free immigration restriction campaign has appealed to those who see their culture at risk from immigration.
Outside the overcrowded schools, the SVP also complained that free migration is causing job losses to younger Europeans; scarcer and costlier housing; overcrowded transportation; cultural change by migrants; insecurity.
According to the Reuters report, FC Uster soccer club official Ali Özcan revealed that European emigrants, whose children contribute to the overcrowded schools, leaned towards prioritizing their children’s intellectual development and often intended returning home after their stay in Switzerland.
From the start of free movement in 2002 to 2019, immigration contributed a 77% rise in the population, 75% of whom were from the EU.
Citizens of the EU plus EFTA members – Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein made up 68% of the 2.1 million resident foreigners in 2019. Italy, Germany, and Portugal had the biggest communities.
Opponents warn the plan would rob the business of skilled workers — especially in health care and will have negative economic consequences for Swiss. Wealthy Switzerland citizens are used to absorbing foreigners drawn by high-paying jobs, including those that few Swiss wants.
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