Date
16 December 2017
Switzerland's Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga (L) after a news conference in Bern on Sunday. Swiss voters rejected three proposals put up for referendum, including one on immigration curbs. Photo: Reuters
Switzerland's Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga (L) after a news conference in Bern on Sunday. Swiss voters rejected three proposals put up for referendum, including one on immigration curbs. Photo: Reuters

Swiss voters reject immigration curbs

Swiss voters rejected a proposal to cut net immigration to no more than 0.2 percent of the nation’s population.

The country’s 26 cantons rejected the proposal, with about 74 percent of people voting no in Sunday’s referendum, BBC reported.

Supporters of the measure argued that it would reduce pressure on the country’s resources, while opponents said the curbs would be bad for the economy.

The measure would have required the government to reduce immigration from about 80,000 to 16,000 people a year.

Two other referendums were also held on Sunday: one on forcing the central bank to boost its gold reserves and one on scrapping a tax perk for wealthy foreigners.

They, too, failed to garner enough support for the measures to pass into law, the report said.

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