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Switzerland Proposes Immigration Quotas as EU Standoff Looms

Switzerland proposed limiting the number of new immigrants from European Union countries as a standoff with the 28-member bloc looms over the government’s attempt to implement the results of a February vote on foreigners.

Today’s proposal features quotas and a maximum number of new immigrants in Switzerland, the government said in an e-mailed statement. While the system still includes preferential treatment of citizens from the EU, of which Switzerland isn’t a member, the European Commission said that any system featuring restrictions of movement is “irreconcilable” with EU-Swiss treaties.