SVP Claims Support for Anti-Migrant Vote

The Local, October 18, 2011

The far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) has claimed to have gathered enough support to push for a referendum aimed at “stopping mass immigration”, which could have implications for the country’s bilateral deal with the EU.

“Just 2.5 months after collection began, 120,000 signatures for the SVP initiative ‘against mass immigration’ have been collected,” said the Swiss People’s Party in a statement.

Under Switzerland’s direct democracy rules, any individual can push for a referendum on condition that he or she collects more than 100,000 from eligible voters to support the cause within 18 months.

The SVP said it would now begin the process of verifying the collected signatures with the aim of filing its initiative at the beginning of next year.

According to the initiative’s draft text, the party wants Switzerland to “manage the immigration of foreigners in an autonomous manner”.

In addition, it requires the country to impose a quota on the annual numbers of migrants admitted.

Any international treaties contravening these requirements “should be renegotiated and adapted within a deadline of three years”.

Switzerland used to accept only a specific number of migrants annually. But after signing a deal with the European Union, citizens from the bloc are now free to reside in the country, provided that they are financially self-sufficient.

If accepted by the population, the SVP’s initiative would therefore have an impact on the free movement of people treaty with the EU.

Migration is the biggest issue of the October 23rd elections in Switzerland, according to opinion polls.

The SVP had launched its anti-migration initiative in tandem with its campaign for the federal elections, with posters in train stations and city centres depicting the legs of men in suits marching across the Swiss flag, bearing the slogan “That’s enough. Stop mass migration”.

At the end of August 31, 2011, foreigners living in Switzerland numbered 1.751 million, making up 22.3 percent of the country’s 7.9 million-strong population.

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  • Anonymous

    This is true democracy at its best.

    The tyranny of unelected immigration enthusiasts, motivated by total greed, being stopped by an informed populace.

  • (AWG) AVERAGE WHITE GUY

    Note that the media prefers the term ‘far right’ to demonize rational political movements.

  • ghw

    “true democracy at its best: The tyranny of unelected immigration enthusiasts, motivated by total greed, being stopped by an informed populace.”

    ………………………

    Yes, there’s greed involved, no doubt. But that’s not the whole of it. There are a lot of other motivations involved too in the zeal of the immigration pushers. Greed is just one of the motives (and in my opinion, not even the main one).

    You’re over-simplifying it!

  • rockman

    how can we get this passed here

  • Dee

    Wonderful,little Switzerland telling it like it is again. A true pioneer! All countries should control immigration. It’s not that the Swiss are against immigration, but Switzerland is a pristine country, the richest in the world, what do they need with all these people coming in not respecting the country?

  • WR the elder

    Have you noticed that the media never labels any party as “far left”? That’s because the media is far left. They’re like a fish that doesn’t know that it’s wet.

  • Anonymous

    1 — Anonymous wrote at 7:06 PM on October 19:

    “This is true democracy at its best.

    The tyranny of unelected immigration enthusiasts, motivated by total greed, being stopped by an informed populace.”

    I’ve been thinking for a while that smaller Western nations have more direct control over their governments. But it’s just a theory…. I’m waiting to see how Britain changes or not in the next year or so.

  • Anonymous

    This is great news. Lets hope this actually is passed and implemented, and the rest of Europe follows the Swiss lead.

  • Dario

    Dear Strider,

    I don’t think that is the actual poster, I think that is a mock of the poster in question. I don’t speak German but it says “Mass Idiotie….stoppen.” I’m assuming that guy is a leading official within the SVP, and the poster you posted is probably some leftist mock-one.

    With regards to the referendum: it’d be an excellent idea. I could see it passing with a resounding 60%+ percent of the vote without batting an eye, perhaps even more, depending on the media campaign. If only this question was on the ballot in every White country!