Swiss give big 'Yes' to EU migrant labour pact

Initial results on Swiss television's teletext service showed supporters of the deal taking nearly 60 percent of the vote.

Swiss give big 'Yes' to EU migrant labour pact
Swiss voters looked poised to extend a deal on Sunday allowing European Union citizens to work in Switzerland and extending the agreement to new EU members Romania and Bulgaria, early referendum results showed.

Groups worried that migrant labour could push up Swiss unemployment had called the referendum as a deepening recession intensified fears about immigrants and job losses.

Initial results on Swiss television's teletext service showed supporters of the deal taking nearly 60 percent of the vote. With results in from 12 of Switzerland's 26 cantons, voters in favour outweighed opponents by 416,561 to 315,046.

"We're also partly foreigners, we came here and the others should be allowed to come, that's it. The important thing is that they integrate well and that they abide by Swiss law," Andrea Contre, a Swiss citizen of Italian origin told Reuters Television.

Final results are expected by about 1700 GMT.


Reuters
Last Mod: 08 Şubat 2009, 16:42
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