Switzerland Rejects Citizenship Bids of Residents Who Have Been on Welfare

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January 11, 2018

A new civil rights act has come into force in Switzerland that prevents residents who have been on welfare in the past three years from becoming citizens unless they pay back the money they received to the state.

The new regulations will make it impossible for asylum seekers and migrants who have lived off state handouts in the last three years to become citizens even if they have lived in Switzerland as permanent residents for the required time to make a citizenship application, Kronen Zeitung reports.

The previous law allowed migrants to apply for citizenship as long as they were not on state benefits at the time of their application.

Along with the welfare stipulation, the new act requires migrants to demonstrate a greater level of integration than before including making them prove they have a certain number of Swiss friends and acquaintances.

Language requirements vary by canton with most expecting an intermediate level of language proficiency judged on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the B1 or B2 level.

While Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, asylum seekers have attempted to flood into the country through the southern Italian border. While many have used Switzerland as a transit country to reach Germany, others have remained in the Alpine state.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • exoticdoc2 says:

    That’s much smarter than the US would ever be. An even smarter thing would be to pass a law that does not allow non-citizens to collect welfare at all or for a number of years after someone became a citizen. This is why puerto rico should never be a state. It would massively swell the welfare ranks and bury the US taxpayer under even more debt than they are now.

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