Swiss village to pay €260,000 fine instead of accepting 10 refugees

One of Europe’s wealthiest villages has decided to pay a €260,000 fine instead of accepting around 10 refugees under its country’s newly imposed quota.

Residents in the picturesque Swiss village of Oberwil-Lieli said they voted ‘no’ in a referendum on whether to accept the refugees because “they wouldn’t fit in”.

It comes after the Swiss government announced a quota system to meet its promise of allowing 50,000 asylum seekers into the country.

By rejecting the plans, the village – which counts 300 millionaires among its population of 22,000 – has sent shockwaves across the country, with some accusing the residents of racism.

The villagers must now fork out 290,000 Swiss francs (€260,000) as a forfeit for refusing to welcome the asylum seekers. One of them, who asked not to be named, said: “We do not want them here, it is as simple as that. We have worked hard all our lives and have a lovely village that we do not want spoiled.”

They added: “We are not suited to take in refugees, they would not fit in here.”

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/millionaires-village-to-pay-260000-fine-instead-of-accepting-10-refugees-34760023.html

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One Response to Swiss village to pay €260,000 fine instead of accepting 10 refugees

  1. neofenian says:

    They don’t fit in here either.

    Like

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