Switzerland to join EU’s new refugee quota scheme

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Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga.

Switzerland to join EU’s new refugee quota scheme


Switzerland, a non-member of the European Union but part of Europe’s Schengen (free movement of people) agreement, announced on May 6 it will adopt the EU’s new proposal for an even geographical distribution of asylum seekers. The proposal is currently being debated by Brussels.

"It is high time for Europe to have a distribution ratio based on solidarity. Switzerland will join it," President Simonetta Sommaruga said during a meeting with her Austrian counterpart, Heinz Fischer, in Vienna.

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