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April 6, 1987
Swiss voters approved a government proposal for stricter laws designed to limit political asylum for refugees. In a national referendum, 67.4% of the electorate supported amendments to the asylum law that were approved by Parliament last year. A loose coalition of refugee, church and human rights groups had forced the referendum on the amendments, which they said would undermine Switzerland's long history of offering sanctuary to the persecuted.
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September 25, 2000 | From Reuters
In a nationwide referendum, Swiss voters Sunday decisively rejected a plan to reduce the number of foreigners in their country to 18% of the population. Results after nearly all the ballots were counted showed that 63.7% of voters opposed the plan. Turnout was 43.4%. A majority of voters rejected the proposal in each of the 26 Swiss cantons, or states. Foreigners make up about 19.3% of the population.
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September 25, 2000 | From Reuters
In a nationwide referendum, Swiss voters Sunday decisively rejected a plan to reduce the number of foreigners in their country to 18% of the population. Results after nearly all the ballots were counted showed that 63.7% of voters opposed the plan. Turnout was 43.4%. A majority of voters rejected the proposal in each of the 26 Swiss cantons, or states. Foreigners make up about 19.3% of the population.
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April 6, 1987
Swiss voters approved a government proposal for stricter laws designed to limit political asylum for refugees. In a national referendum, 67.4% of the electorate supported amendments to the asylum law that were approved by Parliament last year. A loose coalition of refugee, church and human rights groups had forced the referendum on the amendments, which they said would undermine Switzerland's long history of offering sanctuary to the persecuted.
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