switzerland has voted against you

by Stormfish February. 12, 2014 4454 views

this weekend, a thin majority of 50.3% has approved the “masseneinwanderungsinitiative” (mass immigration act [bbc.co.uk]) proposed by the right wing party SVP. this initiative will force switzerland to withdraw from the european open borders and free employment migration policy the country (not being a part of the european union) has agreed to almost 10 years ago.

this means, the swiss voters (in some rural, german speaking communities way over 90% of them) are demanding to put tight limits on immigrants to this country, no matter where they are from - so called “contingents” will have to be worked out bilaterally with all other countries where immigrants may flow in from.

the initiative has been widely and heatedly discussed and showed, another time, what is known as the “röstigraben” (“hash brown trench”, referring to a popular swiss german dish) between the german and italian versus the french speaking part of the country; while the majority in the french speaking part has voted against this reactionary initiative, the german/italian swiss have predominantly voted for it.

first reactions from the EU, france and germany are disappointed to outrageous. some upcoming contracts about energy economics and other pan-european concerns have already been put on ice until the “swiss situation” under these new conditions becomes clear.


as a german living in this country for 28 years, always having been treated as a guest and never really accepted as an inhabitant, i am disappointed and frustrated with my hosts, which are, by all means, very nice people, individually. i always emphasized on switzerlands high tolerance for cultural mixture and strangers, even though i never have felt “at home” here. i believe this is a great country full of ressourceful people, not just a tourist spot with nice mountains and lakes. i wish that switzerland thrives and stays a peaceful, prospering and pleasant place to live and i know there are problems with overpopulation as much as a mixup of religious and cultural differences.

but this new outbreak of hostilities, as much as i can “understand” it and explain it and know how it has been achieved, makes me sick in disgust with people and their small mindedness, even though i know it will not change a thing in the overall development in this world. it's just one more futile attempt of the rich and well protected, worried, frustrated and deeply confused work slaves in this country to get rid of a problem they have not understood even in it's outline.

i'm sad, my beautiful, smiling international friends. this planet will never get it together.

this woman does not live in switzerland nor attempts to - unfortunately. she is one of my wonderful cheerful dive master i had the pleasure to dive with in komodo, indonesia and i put her up here only for her most radiant, beautiful smile.

edit, 2014-02-11 - thanks to armando [photoblog.com]- see his comment below - here is a picture of the swiss national football team from a brazilian website [vermelho.org.br]. 8 of these 11 men are immigrants.

and this is how the team would look like if the mass immigration act had been implemented before the last world soccer championship - from a german sport website [sport1.de].

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Roxanne 6 years, 9 months ago

how unfortunate. i am sad too because i do not think this planet will get it together either. great post and also wonderful portrait of your dive coach too.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Asiamack 6 years, 9 months ago

It's a sad thing to happen. Malaysia now is home to some 3 million foreign workers who come here to earn a living.
Armando has made a very good offer. If they shoo you off, then maybe it's a choice to make.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Finbarr 6 years, 9 months ago

It sad to see, Switzerland need peoples from other nationalities ,

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Armando 6 years, 9 months ago

Yes, it's true!
Many will not be able to face the neighbors. After all, Switzerland has on citizens of other nationalities its primary workforce.
The ridiculous is that Switzerland will be represented at the World Soccer Championship in Brazil in 2014 with a team where more than half of their players are children of immigrants. Until their team captain, is a son of immigration!
The Swiss should be ashamed for voting yes on this referendum.

Come to Portugal!
Bring your business here!
We are a country of good people!
We like to get everyone!
We have 260 days of sunshine a year!
Many young, skilled at leading universities!
We are ready to receive whoever comes by as well!
We are a country with open arms to the world!
500 years ago, we managed to connect Europe to Japan!
Come to Portugal and receive everyday an open smile and a warm Good Day!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Unreal 6 years, 9 months ago

If immigrants got away from the countries they are working now, those countries would collapse in a few days...

Woderful portrait

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 9 months ago

Unfortunate step backward... in both our opinions... and yet there is that 50.3% who is pleased... there is no understanding each other. Same here in the US...

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
-- Lyency 6 years, 9 months ago

long time ago, i am not sure when, there was a similar referendum about foreign guest workers(?), then a slim majority voted for letting them in. if it was so, what did change the public opinion? probably you would guess my vote about this issue, however, i try to understand the view of an intelligent citizen voting differently

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 9 months ago

I can only agree with you ... what more to add?
Much law, but so little justice ...
Your friend has the most beautiful smile ...

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 9 months ago

I have just read two articles in two French daily papers which gave the results of this vote.. I agree with your analysis so sad and Antonio's comment …
I believe that a sort of "brown plague" is back... :((
But,I keep this wonderful smile !

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 6 years, 9 months ago

The problem isn't only Switzerland, but we are seeing a trend in Europe that reminds me old days and unfortunately not so old. When the rulers try to put the blame in the immigrants, or in some well identified part of the people, we know things start to derail.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
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