Swiss ‘Reject Immigration Curbs’

Swiss ‘Reject Immigration Curbs’

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Voters in Switzerland appear to have decisively rejected a proposal to cut net immigration to no more than 0.2% of the population, reports said.

Projections from partial results show more than 74% voting no in Sunday’s referendum, according to state TV, BBC reported.

Supporters of the measure argued that it would have reduced pressure on the country’s resources. Opponents said it would have been bad for the economy.

Around a quarter of Switzerland’s eight million people are foreigners.

Under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, citizens can force a referendum if they muster enough signatures of support.

The country voted in February to re-introduce immigration quotas, in effect opting out of an EU free movement agreement.

The government still has to implement that referendum result, which threw relations with the EU into turmoil.