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Switzerland Reconsiders Immigration Policy

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 […]

As the National Front’s Jean-Marie Le Pen courts trouble by suggesting the Ebola virus could solve the immigration problem in France, the author of a new OECD report on immigration in Europe says it’s no longer even a significant phenomenon in France. As expected, given that he is vying for re-election as a member of […]

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Black and brown faces are not a rarity at events of France’s National Front (FN) these days. Their presence may seem odd amid chants of “On est chez NOUS” (“This is OUR place”). Why would these people support a right-wing, anti-immigration group like the FN? To hear them, it is the most natural thing in […]

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In a country that depends on migrants, a referendum to restrict immigration reflects hardening European views on the issue. The European Union is confronted with unrest in Ukraine, tension with Russia and instability along its southern flank. Surely at least one of the neighbors could be trusted not to go rogue. But since Sunday, even […]

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How should Europe deal with a country at its core which wants to considerably restrict the EU’s freedom of movement? European leaders are pledging to review the EU’s relationship with its Alpine neighbor in its entirety. “The ball is in Switzerland’s court” – this message by the spokeswoman of the European Commission to journalists at […]

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