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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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February 7, 1987 | From Reuters
Saudi Arabia's former oil minister, Shiek Ahmed Zaki Yamani, has applied for a permit to reside in the Swiss mountain resort of Crans-Montana, a Justice Ministry spokesman said Friday. Yamani has come to Geneva many times for meetings of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and has business interests in this country.
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December 1, 1995 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Throughout his adult life, Paul Grueninger was a marked man: Convicted by a Swiss court of illegally helping as many as 3,000 Austrian Jews cross into Switzerland and flee the gathering storm of World War II, he was cashiered from the national constabulary, evicted from his apartment, shunned by his community. Rumors flared that he had filched valuables from defenseless refugees and taken advantage of Jewish girls.
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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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May 17, 1987 | Associated Press
Swiss authorities have approved a residence permit for former Saudi Oil Minister Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, a Justice Ministry spokesman said. Yamani's application for residence in the community of Chermignon, near Crans-Montana in the canton of Valais, was approved by federal authorities last week, spokesman Joerg Kistler said Friday. Despite rising curbs on immigration, Yamani's chances of approval for residence were considered good because he owned property in Switzerland.
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December 1, 1995 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Throughout his adult life, Paul Grueninger was a marked man: Convicted by a Swiss court of illegally helping as many as 3,000 Austrian Jews cross into Switzerland and flee the gathering storm of World War II, he was cashiered from the national constabulary, evicted from his apartment, shunned by his community. Rumors flared that he had filched valuables from defenseless refugees and taken advantage of Jewish girls.
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May 17, 1987 | Associated Press
Swiss authorities have approved a residence permit for former Saudi Oil Minister Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, a Justice Ministry spokesman said. Yamani's application for residence in the community of Chermignon, near Crans-Montana in the canton of Valais, was approved by federal authorities last week, spokesman Joerg Kistler said Friday. Despite rising curbs on immigration, Yamani's chances of approval for residence were considered good because he owned property in Switzerland.
NEWS
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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February 7, 1987 | From Reuters
Saudi Arabia's former oil minister, Shiek Ahmed Zaki Yamani, has applied for a permit to reside in the Swiss mountain resort of Crans-Montana, a Justice Ministry spokesman said Friday. Yamani has come to Geneva many times for meetings of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and has business interests in this country.
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