2006 September 30 Saturday
Two Thirds Of Swiss Vote For Tough Immigration Law

Popular demands for cut-back in Third World immigration continue to drive changes in immigration policy in Western countries.

GENEVA, Sept. 24 -- Swiss voters ratified new asylum and immigration laws Sunday that make it more difficult for refugees to receive assistance and effectively block non-European unskilled workers from entering the country.

More than 67 percent voted in favor of the stricter asylum rules, originally approved by the Swiss government in December. The proposal was overwhelmingly accepted in all of Switzerland's 26 cantons, according to results released by the federal government.

The Republican groundswell of demand for tougher immigration policies and immigration cut-back is not an isolated phenomenon. Immigration restriction is on the rise in Europe and multiculturalism is looking pretty discredited.

When Spain's justice minister Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar recently asked the European Union for money to pay the costs of Spain's immigration amnesty and weak immigration law enforcement Europe's other states roundly critised Spain for allowing the problem to develop.

However, he got short shrift from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands who criticised both the request for money and a decision by Madrid in 2005 to legalise the status of around 600,000 illegal immigrants already in Spain.

"Those who want to solve problems must stop asking for the money of others," German interior minister Wolfgang Schauble is quoted as saying in German newspapers.

Austria's Karin Gastinger said "It's no solution to legalize people, as was done by Spain, because it gives some kind of pull factor to the people in Africa, as we unfortunately saw in the last months," she said. "It sends the wrong signal."

She was backed up by the Dutch Rita Verdonk saying "the traffickers, the smugglers, see very well what is happening: they won't miss an opportunity to send illegal immigrants."

Rita Verdonk has much more sense than George W. Bush or Ted Kennedy.

The Danish Muslim cartoon flap has helped catalyze a shift rightward in European politics.

Denmark has now drifted to the right - as has neighbouring Sweden, which last week booted out its Social Democrat government. The chill hand of pragmatism has even arrived in Christiania, the Danish capital's hippy commune, as the government announced last week it intended to charge the hairy denizens rent.

At the moment the assimilationists - who insist immigrants should become more Danish - are in the ascendant. The government is considering Danish language tests for foreigners applying for a passport. If anything, the cartoon row has forced Europeans to reconsider what it is that makes them European.

"It provoked a debate here in Denmark about what are we really and what is our identity," Hans-Henrik Holm, a professor of international relations at Denmark's College of Journalism at Aarhus University said. "A lot of Danes know more today about Islam and religion. We have to wake up to the fact that we don't live in a Hans Christian Andersen quiet provincial country any more."

The Danes would be better off if they paid all their Muslim residents to leave.

A small anti-immigration party has doubled its vote in Sweden.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden A small anti-immigration party doubled its support in Sweden's elections and won dozens of seats on local councils but failed to break the 4 percent barrier to enter Parliament, official results showed Wednesday.

The rise of the far-right Sweden Democrats has raised concerns that the anti-immigration tide seen in much of Europe has spilled over into Sweden, where about 12 percent of residents are foreign-born.

Muslims have become a big enough problem in many European countries that the nature of the threat they pose is undeniable.

The Danes have sent a policeman to permanent station at Malta and want to help in a larger effort to defend Europe's southern frontier against illegal entrants.

The prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has pledged to devote more resources to shoring up the European Union's southern frontier, reported daily newspaper Politiken.

The oh so tolerant Dutch are cracking down.

Taking up the fight against illegal immigrants, the Cabinet resolved on 23 April to boost the capacity of the foreign police and double the cells at deportation centres to about 3,000.

Rental contracts can be dissolved if inquiries indicate that landlords have rented homes out to illegal immigrants. In the case of illegal subletting, the official tenant might also lose his or her home.

Employers will be threatened with stiffer fines if they employ illegal workers. The average fine of EUR 980 will be increased to EUR 3,500 per illegal worker.

More raids will thus be carried out and employers will also be forced to pay retrospective social security premiums and taxes if the illegal immigrant has worked there for six months. That bill could reportedly amount to EUR 6,000.

The US Senate's 80-19 vote for a dual fence barrier on the US-Mexico border is in step with a larger trend in Western countries: Keep out the non-Western lower classes and keep out the Muslims.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 September 30 12:24 PM  Immigration Politics

Wolf-Dog said at September 30, 2006 1:47 PM:

If the coming real estate slowdown causes a severe recession in the US, then it is almost guaranteed that Europe will also experience a bad recession, which will almost certainly cause massive anti-noneuropean sentiment in EU. Since the economy of the Middle East would also suffer if there is a slowdown in the US, this would make thing much worse than before.

John S Bolton said at September 30, 2006 9:48 PM:

Undesirable immigrants are on net public subsidy; they are like having something that destroys investment in greater productivity, or like a tax on production.
These countries are losing their dislike of being called lacking in compassion for enemies.
There is no duty to take care of foreign aggressors, even if everyone on the left said that is genocide not to; but there is a responsibility to take the side of one's fellow nationals, such as the net taxpayer, when he is attacked by foreigners within the national territories.

John S Bolton said at October 1, 2006 12:09 AM:

The fact that this is happening in so many countries at one time, may indicate that the worry that was seen, in which there was concern that one's country would appear as intolerant relative to others, dissipates rapidly as all seem to fall into line.
The Swiss referendum included a feature in which refugee poseurs may be imprisoned for two years.
There really needs to be a group decision by the affected countries, which are also providers of foreign aid to the evil countries which are stained with unspeakable failure and worship of despots, to require the aid recipient countries to set up areas where refugees may safely live in small numbers and have such freedom as the poor and dependent may have.
Then all real refugees, who would turn out to be quite few in number, can be sent to third countries without delay in summary manner, and the rich can provide them cheaply with their needs, monitor the degree of freedom within the refugee
districts, and provide them with an hour or two a month of free internet access, so as to assure freedom of publication to all those in the world who would flee and report what they know.
All of this could be supported on private charity, but it does require that the rich countries use public action against recipient countries to establish and maintain in good order the refugee enclaves.
Another incentive can be for diplomatic recognition to be extended to secessionist territories which establish a refugee district, even one of no great size, in the above way. In any case the Geneva conventions regarding refugees must be put down, as they are a vehicle of horrific evil against the maintenance of civilization, opening the way to wars of religion.
The operative consideration should be not the overall level of freedom in the country which receives refugees, but the conditions in the district in which they will reside; and above all, whether we thereby increase the aggression on those to whom we owe loyalty above any such foreigners, such as the net taxpayers of a civilized country.

John S Bolton said at October 1, 2006 12:35 AM:

Since much has been said on the traitorous types among elites, 'opinion elites' and the rich, including by me, let it
be noted that the political movement resulting in the Swiss referendum is very much the work
of a billionaire named Blocher, who has been open-handed with his personal fortune to facilitate organization and action
all through the villages and cantons of Switzerland.
Why does America not have rich men of such loyalty and far-sightedness sufficient to realize that
mass immigration of undesirables and hostiles will definitely result in the trashing of our future?
There is fame and influence to be won, why does this market not clear?
There are many rich with much more money than they can want to use on themselves, but not much power.
This should result in there being some like Blocher, who would realize that there is a gulf between
opinion elites and the people on such issues as immigration, relations between groups and nations,
which leaves an opening for one who would spend and incur negative publicity with equanimity.

Kenelm Digby said at October 1, 2006 5:30 AM:

The point is that Switzerland is actually a 'democracy' in the sense that the ancient Greeks who defined the concept would recognise ie taxpaying citizens actually have a direct input and veto over government policies, over the heads of a political class.
These measures would be impossible in other worse afflicted countries such as Great Britain, where enormous public hostility to immigration has festered for 50 years.
Also, the Swiss have wisely stood aloof from extra-national political groupings such as the EU, which would have made these measures impossible.

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