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Swiss vote on curbing EU immigration

Published on Feb 9, 2014 11:35 AM
 
A poster against the "mass immigration initiative" is pictured in Lausanne on Feb 4, 2014. Swiss voters will on Sunday decide whether to curb immigration by European Union citizens, in a referendum that risks igniting a row with Brussels. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - Swiss voters will on Sunday decide whether to curb immigration by European Union citizens, in a referendum that risks igniting a row with Brussels.

While opponents of the "Stop Mass Immigration" plan have stayed ahead in the opinion polls, their lead has gradually narrowed to a few points.

Neutral Switzerland is not in the EU but is ringed by countries that are members and does most of its trade with the 28-nation bloc.

Since 2007, the EU's 500 million residents have enjoyed an equal footing with locals on the job market of Switzerland, a country of eight million.

 
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