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WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dramatic referendum in Switzerland

The citizens of Switzerland vote on Sunday on the "Against Mass Immigration" initiative launched by the Swiss People's Party (SVP). However the true goal of entrepreneur Christoph Blocher's SVP is not to ensure that fewer workers immigrate to the country, the left-leaning weekly WOZ warns: "The true goal of the billionaire's party is to turn these workers into second-class residents. ... Under the 'mass immigration initiative', a quarter of the population would be condemned to live in a state of permanent insecurity: 'The right to permanent residency, to family reunion and social benefits can be restricted', according to the initiative's text. ... A lot is at stake on Sunday: either a decline in the foreign population's status such as never seen before in the history of modern Switzerland will be written into the constitution, or the country will find itself back in the diversity of the 21st century. This will require every vote."

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