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Swiss President Sees Immigration Plan Referendum Challenge

  • Parliament likely to sidestep quotas decided upon in 2014
  • Quotas for EU citizens would jeopardize economic relations
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A bill currently before the Swiss parliament to bridge an immigration impasse with the European Union may be challenged by a referendum, according to the country’s president.

In a bid to preserve economic relations with the EU, lawmakers in Bern are considering a measure that would sidestep the quotas for newcomers set out in the text of a 2014 popular initiative. Instead, businesses would be required to advertise vacancies at local unemployment offices to give residents a first shot at employment.