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Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Switzerland needs immigrants

Swiss industrial associations have criticised an initiative by the right-wing populist Swiss People's Party aimed at introducing quotas for immigrants. A referendum on the proposal is due to take place on February 9, but the majority of Swiss citizens are against the proposal. This is good, because like Luxembourg the country urgently needs foreign workers, the left-liberal daily Le Quotidien explains: "Fortunately for the Swiss economy, this proposal will most likely fail. Because Switzerland is in a similar position to Luxembourg. At 23 percent, the proportion of foreign citizens is one of the highest in Europe. In Luxembourg it's almost twice as high. In both countries the positive contribution of immigrant workers is acknowledged. The EU is based on its citizens' and workers' freedom to settle where they wish, and Switzerland has benefited greatly from this relaxed policy. The arrival of Romanian and Bulgarian workers won't destroy that balance. Demand is higher than ever."

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