On 9 February 2014, Swiss voters narrowly approved a referendum that would limit the number of persons who would be allowed to migrate to Switzerland. The outcome obliges the government to turn the ‘Stop mass immigration’ initiative, spearheaded by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party, into law within three years.
If implemented, the law contradicts the pact on free movement of people with the EU, which came into force 12 years ago. Many EU leaders have already expressed their regret over the outcome of the referendum. The European Commission said in a statement that it would examine the implications for its relations with Switzerland.
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