Swiss Voters Reject Immigration Cap

By Fernand Gagnier, for 03 December, 2014

Switzerland has rejected a proposal to cap net immigration levels at 0.2 percent of the population.

The proposal was put to voters directly in a national referendum, after a group called Ecopop managed to gather 100,000 signatures for the plan. However, 74.1 percent of voters opposed the move, which would have limited immigration to around 16,000 new arrivals each year.

Ecopop argued that the restriction is needed due to overcrowding. Voters were also asked to support Swiss funding for family planning in developing countries as part of the same proposal.

Swiss voters narrowly approved introducing immigration quotas in February, in a referendum prompted by the populist Swiss People's Party (SVP). However, all of Switzerland's major parties, including the SVP, were against Ecopop's plans.

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