Swiss Cantons Deporting Foreigners on Welfare

The Local, November 1, 2011

Increased information sharing between social services and immigration authorities in some Swiss cantons is leading to an increase in deportations, even in cases where no crime has been committed.

Cantons like Sankt Gallen, in the northwest of Switzerland, and Schwyz, in the centre of the country, have implemented cross-checks in their immigration services to catch foreigners on long-term social benefits and deport them, newspaper Tages Anzeiger reports.

In Sankt Gallen, there are around 90 such cases per year. Other cantons, like Zurich, do not keep statistics on the individual reasons for deportation and cannot offer any numbers. However, in both Zurich and in Schwyz, the Immigration Office has recruited additional staff in recent months specifically to deal with cases of this kind.

Since the Immigration Act was passed in 2008, social services are obliged to share with immigration authorities the names of foreign nationals who are receiving benefits.

Immigration law expert Marc Spescha cited a tougher political climate as a primary cause for the spike in deportations: “Many cantons practice a zero tolerance policy, and sometimes they lose their sense of proportion,” he told Tages Anzeiger.

The Zurich-based newspaper reported on the case of a Turkish woman who moved to Switzerland in 2006 when she married a Turkish man already resident in the country. The woman was beaten by her husband for several years and left him shortly after the birth of their daughter in 2010. After their divorce came through, immigration authorities in Zurich decided to deport both woman and child since they were living solely on welfare benefits.

But not all cantons are taking such a hardline approach, Tages Anzeiger reported. In Basel city, only foreigners who refuse to cooperate with social authorities are deported. In the canton of Bern, foreigners very rarely risk losing their temporary residence permits renewed even if they are living exclusively on welfare benefits.

“In most cases, there are also additional reasons, such as crime,” Markus Aeschlimann, head of the Immigration Office, told the paper.

In the canton of Zurich, information sharing between social services and immigration authorities only started last autumn. Social services now notify the cantonal immigration office once the amount of benefits received by a foreigner reaches a certain level: 25,000 francs ($28,150) for temporary residents, and 40,000 francs ($45,000) for permanent residents.

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  • Sincerely Concerned

    Assuming these people come to the country and begin receiving welfare benefits without ever working there and contributing to the tax base, how the heck do they qualify to receive them in the first place???

    As for Bern, what is that city thinking? People will rarely lose their temporary residence permits even if they are living exclusively on welfare?

    I’m glad to see that some deportation is going on but they would probably never had had the problem if they wouldn’t dole out benefits to every foreigner who wants to set up house there. Unbelievable.

  • Graham

    I can envision a future where American Whites seek out foreign countries like Switzerland as White Flight goes international. Once Whites cannot ensure safe havens like our current suburbia, we may likely emigrate to whiter pastures abroad. I would favor bold and decisive action by the founding stock but, that may be a dream.

  • Anonymous

    “immigration authorities in Zurich decided to deport both woman and child since they were living solely on welfare benefits.”

    To do otherwise is to give a green-light to fraud.

    Many immigrants play the welfare system by feigning marital breakdown in order to get housing and benefits for women and children, while the men keep all the personal money they make working under the table.

  • Istvan

    A boat sinks with three people aboard: a grandmother, a mother and a baby. Only the mother can swim and she can only save one person. Who does she save? Her baby. While it may be sad to watch one’s mother drown, all things being equal the right thinking woman saves her baby first, the child being the woman’s future.

    A boat sinks with three aboard: a man, his wife and his neighbor. Only the man can swim and he can save only one person. Who does he save? His wife because she is his family. He may be sad to see his neighbor drown but the only reasonable thing to do, all things being equal, is to save his wife.

    Why do white people go to such lengths to save other peoples children and families at the expense of their own? I believe in DO NO HARM. But there is no rule that says a man or woman must sacrifice the future of his kith and kin to save an alien. No white country should allow non-white immigrants. No white country should provide non-whites with foreign aid. We should support our own first and foremost. We can trade with the world but we do not need to support the world. Our boat is sinking fast. Kick them all out and let them sink or swim on their own!

  • Dario

    For Graham (comment #2):

    International White flight has been existing at the very least since Robert Mugabe’s triumph over Rhodesia in 1980.

    Today, thousands of Britons leave the UK yearly for places like Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. Many Dutchmen have done so as well, as have many Swedes.

    The reason it hasn’t happened to a large extent to the United States is because we are still the wealthiest country in the world, and there are still areas people can flee to in the country that are overwhelmingly White. I’m not saying that I support White flight, indeed it’s simply a dead end; however people still believe they can move and hide their heads in the sand.

  • Anonymous

    2 — Graham wrote at 8:05 PM on November 3:

    “I can envision a future where American Whites seek out foreign countries like Switzerland as White Flight goes international.”

    Do you really think the Swiss want the sorry behinds of “the founding stock” of this country? Who do you think is mainly responsible for ruining this place? Let the Swiss tend to their own problems. Trust me – they don’t Americans.

    http://www.amazon.com/Slaughter-Cities-Renewal-Ethnic-Cleansing/dp/1587317753

  • Anonymous

    The United States is just running on fumes from its old stock. The state I live in has the some of the highest % of both illegal and legal foreign born. One can not only see the deconstruction of our past society but you can almost smell it. Store fronts first go out of business that were owned by old stock and in its place, the foreign, odd people. The architure changes, the odors are different, the people no longer speak English. The point? Why have a reason like crime or welfare to deport. Why do I have to stand aside and watch the this beautifully regional country die out to be replaced by muslim prayers and the gangs? Switzerland better look to the USA as the model of self-destruction and act accordingly.

  • Periapsis

    It’s nice to here there is an iota of sanity in this darkening in more ways than one world. If our government truly was by, of and for Americans, the U.S. would be doing the same thing.

  • Graham

    To Number 6

    “Do you really think the Swiss want the sorry behinds of “the founding stock” of this country?” I Think that given a choice between a North African and a White American they would prefer the latter.

    America retains the largest population of whites in the world, over 200 million. If the America continues it’s decline into a 2nd world, multi-ethnic, socialist state, you may see a large number of whites immigrate. The question will be, Immigrate to where?

  • jack in Chicago

    6 — Anonymous wrote at 10:23 PM on November 3:

    2 — Graham wrote at 8:05 PM on November 3:

    “I can envision a future where American Whites seek out foreign countries like Switzerland as White Flight goes international.”

    Do you really think the Swiss want the sorry behinds of “the founding stock” of this country? Who do you think is mainly responsible for ruining this place? Let the Swiss tend to their own problems. Trust me – they don’t Americans.

    JackinChicago responds:

    I was treated extremely well by White Swiss people, also White French people with the exception of former French President Dominique D’Villipin who entrapped me in to speaking English and then proceeded to insult and abuse me at his cousin’s (my friend’s) wedding in Brittany.

    The key to getting along With White Swiss, White French is to make strong efforts to learn the native culture, and just some efforts at the native language. Be honest and appreciative about the local things you admire – like how clean, safe, prosperous Switzerland is – be honest and appreciative in stating that you wish American cities were safe, clean, prosperous like Switzerland – with French people appreciate beautiful French culture, tip like an American and give dirty looks to Arabs and Black Africans – there is still some respect for White Americans that we are tough can could handle such invaders.

    Don’t talk too much about politics, but just give signs that you are on the side of t he local Whites against the Islamic invaders, I think you’ll find that the locals will appreciate you and accept you as a distant relative.