Earlier this year, Tina Turner made headlines when she relinquished her U.S citizenship to officially become a Swiss citizen. Turner  did not “formally renounce her U.S. citizenship under 349(a)(5) Immigration and Nationality Act,  but took Swiss citizenship with the intent to lose her U.S. citizenship”.

Turner has been a resident of Switzerland for nearly two decades, and told authorities that she no longer has any strong ties to the United States “except for family, and has no plans to reside in the United States in the future.”

Fortunately for Turner, her predicament is a far cry from the tens of thousands of immigrants seeking asylum in Switzerland.

Quietly this summer, Switzerland’s local authorities have introduced apartheid like restrictions which ban asylum-seekers from using public places such as school playgrounds, swimming pools and libraries.  Switzerland also has built bunker like “camps” for aslyum seekers, miles away from the cities which prevent them from even getting close to any public place. They cannot leave after 5pm and  spend their days building infrastructure and mountain roads

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Raymond Tellenbach, the mayor of Bremgarten, a town west of Zurich said the measures are for safety reasons.  “We have decided on security grounds not to allow access to these areas, to prevent conflict and guard against possible drug use.”

Currently there are close to 50,000 people seeking asylum in Switzerland from countries like Afghanistan, Syria and Eritrea.

Many asylum seekers have traveled to Switzerland because of family that are already being housed there. To ensure that new asylum seekers are actually relatives of present ones, the some Swiss canton are also implementing DNA testing, specifically to Eritreans. 

“Identity papers or birth certificates must be considered as suspect,” guidelines from the migration service say.

Many human rights groups have denounced the laws as intolerable and racist.

A spokesman for Switzerland’s non-governmental Refugee Council described the restraining orders as “intolerable and inhuman” and demanded that the authorities suspend the measures. “It is up to the authorities to create an atmosphere of openness,” the spokesman added. The human rights group Solidarité Sans Frontières said the restrictions were “blatantly discriminatory.”

 

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  • UgoBabeeeee

    i feel strongly against outsiders being able to dictate how nationals should treat outsiders. if you are not a national/citizen of a nation- you are at the mercy of the hosting country..if they don’t want you- and put in schemes to make it difficult to live with them or become one of them- go somewhere else…or simply hold your government accountable for making your country a place you want to be.

    • LemonNLime

      I agree and I feel the same way about US immigration policy.

      My host brother in Costa Rica HATED how Latinos would go to the US an beg for citizenship. He firmly believes that citizens should force their home countries to enact polices that make them places they would want to live rather than flee to the US and begging. In his opinion, if they pick up an leave they are deserters or traitors.

      Also according to the article, “In June, Swiss voters in a referendum overwhelmingly approved stricter asylum criteria, notably the removal of military desertion as a valid reason for asylum.

      That had been the key reason cited by Eritreans, whose country imposes unlimited and under-paid military service on all able-bodied men and women.”

      And, “Switzerland is among the European countries that welcomes the most asylum seekers in proportion to its population, and numbers have soared in recent years, in part due to the Arab Spring uprisings.

      Currently fewer than 20 percent of petitioners are granted asylum in Switzerland in a process that can take several years.”

      Sounds like Switzerland is already doing a lot.

    • George Washington was Illegal

      I especially hate when illegal aliens come to a country, bring disease and violence, commit genocide against the natives then set up shop and never leave. Oh wait, that’s the US. Oops.

  • Neutral my arsse

    The Swissies are sitting on Nazi money and Jewish concentration camp survivors’ riches. Comfy little illegal banking turds. The Portuguese, Spaniards, English, French and Americans pillaged Africa and Latin America. Just ask Native Americans. Now they get upset when the chickens have come home to roost.