A proposition put forward by the Swiss people’s party (UDC/SVP) to strip asylum from those travelling to their home country was accepted by 129 members of the National Council and rejected by 57.
By – Brünnhilde
The UDC argued that returning home for a holiday or to visit parents proves the refugee is not threatened or persecuted there and should should lose their asylum rights. In addition, it said that this would make it easier to identify false refugees and other economic migrants, while reducing the attractiveness of Switzerland as a destination.
The proposition will now pass to the Council of States, Switzerland’s upper house, for consideration.
Then days ago A second Swiss canton will introduce a regional “burqa ban”, after voters in St Gallen on Sunday emphatically backed prohibiting all face-covering garments in public spaces.
At the same time, voters across Switzerland resoundingly rejected initiatives aimed at boosting local farming and promoting more ethical and environmental standards in food production, amid fears of cost hikes and reduced consumer choice.
In the northeastern canton of St Gallen, nearly 67 per cent of voters came out in favour of introducing the implicit “burqa ban”, according to official results, which showed turnout was 36 per cent.
That paves the way for the canton to follow the example of the southern region of Ticino, where a law was introduced two years ago that appeared to be aimed at burqas and other Muslim veils.
Three other cantons — Zurich, Solothurn and Glarus — have rejected introducing such bans in recent years.
Read more: From 2018/8/09