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Immigration Tops Swiss Election Agenda on EU Migrant Crisis

  • 245 seats in two houses up for grabs in Sunday's election
  • No big power shift predicted, though right may gain slightly
Refugees and migrants arrive by boat on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on Oct. 11.

Refugees and migrants arrive by boat on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on Oct. 11.

Photographer: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images
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Swiss voters will go to the polls on Sunday in a parliamentary election dominated by immigration and asylum concerns that could eventually lead to a shakeup of the multi-party government.

In the wake of a controversial 2014 referendum to clamp down on newcomers from the neighboring European Union and with the continent now facing its biggest refugee crisis since the end of World War II, voters are likely to reward parties to the “right,” according to a poll for Swiss broadcaster SRG. Migration concerns are set to even dwarf worries about the economy, which has narrowly skirted a recession brought on by the strong currency.