Posted by Alessandra Potenza

On October 23, parliamentary elections were held in Switzerland. The right-wing anti-immigration People’s Party, which has long campaigned to ban minarets and automatically deport foreign criminals, received less votes than it expected. The party had predicted it would receive 30% of the vote, but received 27%. Though this may seem a high percentage, it is a sign that the anti-immigration party is losing support in Switzerland. The party had made immigration restriction its strongpoint during the electoral campaign. The fact that the party lost votes is significant and gives hope that anti-immigration sentiments are fading. Also, the party will have less power in Parliament. This means that it will be hard to pass anti-immigration policies.


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