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Kenyans are among international clients whose names are featuring in a trove of secret bank files that reveal how HSBC’s Swiss banking arm helped individuals stash billions of dollars in the country. In total Kenyans are holding Sh51.1 billion in a single Swiss-bank. The amount is equivalent to what Kenya has budgeted for infrastructure projects […]

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They have made their home in Switzerland and don’t plan to leave, but many long-term foreign residents are unable — or unwilling — to acquire a Swiss passport. The Local’s Morven McLean looks at the obstacles to citizenship and speaks to some new Swiss who have overcome them. Official figures show that while the permanent […]

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People with Swiss surnames are more likely to find rental accommodation in Switzerland than those with foreign names, according to a new study. Researchers at the university of Bern carried out the study on 1,000 housing adverts placed by landlords and housing associations. Two responses were sent to each advert – one with a Swiss […]

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A growing flood of migrants arriving in southern Europe is raising questions about the continent’s system for dealing with asylum seekers, Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said on Thursday. The Dublin Convention, which requires migrants to claim asylum in the first European country they arrive in, should be “re-examined”, the minister told journalists in Bern,  the ATS […]

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The non-EU nation borders four EU member states. Swiss voters in February approved a referendum limiting non-Swiss nationals into the country, including EU nationals. Last week the EU dismissed extending a pact allowing Swiss workers free movement across the bloc. President Didier Burkhalter said: “The Swiss people decided. And we knew that they could decide […]

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