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2004-09-27

Turning Swiss - wait a minute (or somewhat longer) 

The Swiss population has rejected two proposals that would have made it easier for immigrants to obtain a Swiss passport. The government was in favour of both proposals, but the right-populist SVP was against. Swissblog [DE] has the details on the rejected proposals.

As the NZZ reports [DE], the balance between foreign population and the speed of naturalisations is rather different in Switzerland from other Western European countries. In Switzerland, c.20% of the population are non-Swiss, which compares to c.10% in other Western European countries like Austria, Belgium, Germany, or Sweden. One statistic says that at 0.5% of the population, Switzerland already naturalises a larger share of its population every year than the other countries (Belgium, Austria, Sweden 0.4%, whereas Norway and Germany 0.2%). However, this represents a much lower share of the foreigner population in Switzerland--and Germany--, at 2%, than in the other countries, which are between 4% and 7%. Under the current law, along with other requirements prospective new citizens must have lived for at least 12 years in Switzerland before they can apply for naturalisation.

On the other hand, even the restrictive Swiss allow double citizenships, since 1992 namely. In Austria, this is one of those things which are not exactly impossible, but which you can only hope for only if you have a lot of 'vitamin B' or 'Beziehungen', which is Austrian German for 'you are part of a corrupt and nepotistic network that reaches all the way into the ministry'.


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