Switzerland Criticized for New Immigrant Curbs

Reuters, April 18, 2012

Switzerland drew strong criticism from European officials on Wednesday after it said it would reimpose quotas on workers from central and eastern Europe, cutting the number of permits granted annually by two thirds.

“This measure is neither economically justified by the labor market situation nor by the number of EU citizens seeking residence in Switzerland,” Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said, in a strongly worded criticism of the move.

Switzerland, which has kept unemployment at a low 3 percent despite recent economic turbulence, has seen a big influx in immigrant workers from the EU in recent years.

The Swiss cabinet said it had decided to invoke a “safeguard clause” in its agreement with the EU on the free movement of people, reimposing quotas that were abolished a year ago for citizens from central and eastern Europe.

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The government said the 1.1 million EU citizens in the country of 7.9 million boosted the economy, but the rate of immigration was raising concerns over issues of integration and compliance with minimum wage and working conditions.

The right-wing Swiss People’s Party has blamed immigration for pushing up rents, overcrowding on public transport and erosion of cultural values. The party is seeking to amend the constitution to set annual quotas on permits granted to foreigners.

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  • JohnEngelman

    A high rate of immigration raises prices and reduces wages. Consequently, it raises profits. 

  • redshirts

    Nothing outrages our enemies as much as White Integrity and Self-Assertion. The very thought that Whites might actually do something to defend themselves from the outsiders coming in to enrich them invigorates the most vicious hatred possible from the globalist and egalitarian libs. Borders, barriers, prejudice, exclusivity, and segregation are hate crimes against Kunta Kente and the Children of Jacob Zuma.

    If the Swiss can keep out immigrants from Eastern Europe, then they can use the same laws to keep out AFRICANS!

    We must teach those racist Swiss Nazis that Diversity and Inclusion are their only option today. They must love “the other” and sacrifice for the sake of human rights and global dignity. They’ve benefitted to long from systemic privilege, and we must dismantle their institutions for the sake of all. We are all family. We are all ONE. We must force the Swiss to catch up.

  • Did anyone click on this hopeing it involved actuall street curbs?

  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

     Apparently, Poland is full of Africans now and they use their Polish citizenship t get into Western European countries like Switzerland.  This is what I heard just recently.  They know how to game the system.

  • KenelmDigby

    If anyone doubts that the EU is a naturally bullying, overbearing dictatorship that tries intimidate small nations (even if they are not EU members!), here’s your proof.

  • curri
    • ageofknowledge

      Interesting article. I’ve often wondered why so much attention was put on Spain’s economic problems while France’s deteriorating condition was basically being ignored.

  • KenelmDigby

    I agree with you that the Swiss should explicitly favor European immigrants over non-Europeans, whom in my humble opinion should be prohibited altogether (apart from certain east Asians).
      However, the point is that Switzerland supposedly being a free, independent and sovereign nation should have the absolute right to formulate its own internal laws without foreign interference.

  • A few weeks ago, I read a story about how various Romansch speaking towns in the Medel Valley of Switzerland turned down a new gold mine.  Noise and environmentalism were the stated concerns, but I think the real reason, too taboo for anyone to state in public, is that various non-white “immigrants” would have been brought in to do the work.  Even if the new arrivals weren’t non-white, and even if they were Swiss whites who speak French and/or German, don’t forget that Romansch is the most rare of Romance languages.  Maybe the locals figure that Romansch is extinct in a generation if they approved the mine.

    All the glitters is not gold.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9191676/Swiss-village-in-Alpine-valley-votes-to-turns-its-back-on-1.2-billion-goldmine.html

  • J.P.

    Having been living in Italy for awhile I must say your right about how Eastern Euros are looked down on. I wouldn’t say discriminated against at all, but the Italians often come across as rather terse with my wife and I who is Hungarian. Eastern European women have the reputation in particular of being either prostitutes or exotic dancers. Sadly their is some truth to that though. But it is their country, so it’s not my place to be whining about the natives.

    In any case whatever prejudice the Italians have towards Eastern Europeans is nothing compared to their dislike for the hordes of moroccans and gypsies around here.

    KenelmDigby
    I agree one hundred percent with you, as a Nationalist myself I totally support the right of every nation to make whatever laws it wants with no outside complaining. Thats what I meant by good for the Swiss if they are banning all immigration, that takes some guts in the modern P.C. western dystopia. But if they are still leaving the door open to the 3rd world while keeping out Eastern European Whites then like I said, to heck with them. That can make whatever laws they like, but that would be plain evil in my eyes none the less.

    • Periapsis

      Rest assured, a lot of Slavs do not have many good things to say about other whites, Americans especially. Russians in growing numbers regard America and Americans as no friends of theirs. The reason why Eastern European women have the reputation they do is that these people by are and large are very POOR. They are doing what they have to to survive, distasteful as it may be. They are doing the same thing many American younger women are doing. Then there’s the sex trafficking where Eastern European girls are kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery often by Muslim and or Jewish sex traffickers and taken against their will to Israel, the Middle East and even America. The actions of Jews in Eastern Europe have been pinned on the Slavic population time and time again. The “Russian Mafia” is not Russian, it’s made up mostly of Russian speaking Jews.

  • krak11

    Eastern Europeans and Slavs are not exactly the same thing. Hungarians, Romanians, Albanians, Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians are not Slavs. Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, Belorusians, Czecks, Slovacs,  Serbs and Chroats and other former Yugoslavs are Slavs. Than again; Poles, Czecks, Chroats, Slovenians, Slovacs, Hungarians and Lituanians are R. Catholics and this makes them part of Western Culture. Estonians are Scandinavians and Protestants and they are also Westerners just like former Eastern Germans. All others are Orthodox and Eastern Europeans and this also includes Greeks! Iron Curtine had nothing to do with cultural division of Europe. Slavic or non-Slavic ethincity has also nothing to do with it. After all millions of French, Germans and Austrians are of Slavic roots.