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'Germans are stealing our jobs': Swiss MP

The Local · 26 Apr 2012, 09:05

Published: 26 Apr 2012 09:05 GMT+02:00

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A far-right Swiss politician left her audience gobsmacked when she denounced German immigrants who were coming to Switzerland and “stealing our jobs”.

Natalie Rickli is a member of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), the biggest party in the country, notorious for its anti-immigration campaigns, generally directed against Muslims and people of non-white or non-European heritage.

“Honestly, people are getting worried because there are too many Germans living in Switzerland,” she said while taking part in Sunday’s SonnTalk political talk show on the Telezüri channel.

Wednesday’s Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper said she talked of a flood of Germans coming over the border and putting pressure on the job and housing markets. She claimed she had received countless letters from Swiss people who had lost their jobs to young Germans.

“There are many, many Swiss who think like this,” she told the host, but could not give any examples, instead referring to the ‘young Germans’ who were allegedly snapping up jobs.

Other guests on the talk show were shocked by Rickli’s claim, including the head of the Green Liberal Party, Martin Bäumle, who told Rickli that the idea of preventing Germans from entering Switzerland was “obscene” as the majority of them were doing “a super job.”

The Swiss government just placed new limits on how many Eastern European immigrants will be granted work permits this year. The limit applies to eight countries including Poland and Hungary.

The reform has been under discussion for some years in Switzerland and was touched on by Rickli on the television show. She told the host that she wished the restrictions had been put in place in 2009, when there was a chance of them including Germany.

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Your comments about this article

2012-05-11 17:26:30 by Glenhope
Switzerland can't function without foreign workers. It has skill shortages in many areas. Politicians are anti-immigration and this is fuelled by the discriminatory attitudes of many Swiss people. If the Swiss economy goes back to its 19th century state, nobody will want to go there and then the Swiss will be happy with their poverty again.
2012-04-27 13:56:45 by smeghead
She has a point, when you take on people from abroad you pay them less, they have residencie permits so they can be got rid of as and when this has happened over and over
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