Immigration caps to reduce ecological footprint / Strict immigration curbs overwhelmingly rejected

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Series Details 30.11.14
Publication Date 30/11/2014
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A controversial approach to reduce population growth in Switzerland was to be decided by voters in a referendum on the 30 November 2014. The Ecopop initiative wanted to curb immigration and promote birth control in developing countries.

The Swiss Business Federation, Economiesuisse, campaigned against Ecopop, as did some Green groups, and all mainstream political parties in Switzerland.

In the event voters massively dismissed the proposal to reduce Switzerland's ecological footprint by introducing strict immigration rules and family planning measures. Near-final results showed a clear rejection of the Ecopop initiative.

Swiss voters also rejected proposals to boost gold reserves.

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ESO: Background information: Switzerland reconsiders immigration policy
BBC News, 29.11.14: Swiss 'Ecopop' referendum calls for big immigration cut Tag: Vote November 30, 2014
Wikipedia: Ecopop, 19.11.14: Poll: voters edge towards immigration curbs
Deutsche Welle, 28.11.14: Switzerland tackles immigration - yet again
BBC News, 30.11.14: Swiss 'reject immigration curbs'
Deutsche Welle, 30.11.14: Swiss reject immigration cap, initial results suggest
EurActiv, 01.12.14: Swiss reject new curbs on immigration, boosting gold reserves
EUObserver, 01.12.14: Swiss voters reject immigration cap
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 01.12.14: Anti-Ecopop vote shows Swiss moderation (via Euro|Topics)
Tages-Anzeiger, 01.12.14: Swiss integration in the EU conceivable (via Euro|Topics), 01.12.14: Relief prevails after rejection of 'Ecoflop' vote
Euronews, 30.11.14: Switzerland says “No” to immigration limit
The Guardian, 30.11.14: Switzerland rejects immigration cap

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