Who benefits from the government enforced mass immigration
Switzerland isolates itself from Europe: Yesterday, according to projections, a little more than 50 percent of the citizens entitled to vote in the small, rich country said yes to the anti-European popular initiative “stop mass immigration”. A few thousand votes were decisive. A majority of the cantons also said yes to the plan of the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP).
SVP chairman Toni Brunner triumphed: even before the result was announced, he shouted to the cheers of his supporters: It doesn't matter how it turns out, the result must give the government food for thought. “Because apparently the Swiss people are much closer to the problems” of “mass immigration” than the responsible politicians. His SVP had forced the vote. The government, all other major parties and also the business associations opposed this.
In essence, the SVP initiative calls for the Swiss agreement with the EU on the free movement of persons to be renegotiated. A new agreement should be in place within three years - with quotas and upper limits for immigrants from Germany, Austria or Luxembourg to the Confederation. In addition: The confederates must explicitly amend the constitution: A new article will read: "The number of permits for foreigners to stay in Switzerland is limited by annual maximum numbers and quotas."
Diplomats made it clear that the EU should not renegotiate the agreement on the free movement of persons. But then Switzerland would have to unilaterally terminate the contract - that is in the logic of the SVP plan. However, this would put the Swiss Confederation at risk for the continued existence of six other key agreements with the EU. These include research, land transport, air transport, trade in industrial products, public procurement, and trade in agricultural products. For a long time, Switzerland has had the reputation of being a “cherry picker” in Brussels - the yes on Sunday should have confirmed this assessment once again.
The trade associations also emphasized: "It is vital for our companies to be able to employ well-trained staff from abroad." Without these specialists, the health system would no longer function, hotels and restaurants would have to close, farmers could no longer bring in their crops and research departments would have to be relocated abroad. In the voting campaign, the SVP relied on its old slogans that made it the strongest party in Helvetia: Switzerland for the Swiss. The boat is full. A net immigration of 80,000 migrants per year in the past few years with a total population of eight million people is simply too much.
The 300,000 Germans form the second largest immigration group in Switzerland, just behind the Italians. People from Berlin, Leipzig or Cologne work as doctors, scientists, managers, they fill the gaps in hotels, in care or in transport. SVP politicians prefer to target German immigrants. "Individual Germans don't bother me, the crowd bothers me," sneered SVP woman Natalie Rickli. Especially in the rural areas of German-speaking Switzerland, voters followed the SVP slogans in large numbers, often well over 55 percent. In Italian-speaking Ticino, the approval rate was almost 70 percent - in the southern canton, unemployment is high.
The two large urban centers in the country, however, Zurich and Geneva, rejected the “isolation initiative”. The French-speaking regions of the Confederation also said no. The political scientist Michael Hermann put it in a nutshell: “Switzerland is divided.” But that ultimately the SVP also benefits from immigration is clear from the family history of SVP strategist Blocher. The billionaire himself has a migration background, a German.
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