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


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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.

The proposal is in response to the thousands of refugees trying to reach Europe’s southern shores by boat, reported the English edition of Greece’s daily Kathimerini.

Switzerland has repeatedly insisted the influx of migrants should not be borne alone by the countries where they first arrive (i.e. Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Greece).

Switzerland has agreed to take in another 3,000 Syrian refugees in addition to the 10,000 already in the country.

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