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While much has been said in regard to the flood of Muslim migrants and refugees who entered into Europe over the past few years, far less has been reported about the growing pushback among some European nations to stem that tide.
However, fed-up European countries are indeed pushing back through changes to their laws, and Breitbart just reported that Switzerland is one of those countries.
Rights - Law - Effect - Jan - States
A new civil rights law went into effect Jan. 1 which states that no legal resident who has received any form of government assistance or welfare within the past three years can successfully obtain Swiss citizenship unless they pay those funds back, regardless of how long they have lived in the country.
Previously, applicants for citizenship merely had to stop receiving benefits prior to submitting their application.
News - German-language - Swiss - Media - Outlet
The news was announced in the German-language Swiss media outlet Kronen Zeitung, which noted nearly twice as many people applied for Swiss citizenship in 2017 as the year before, most likely in an effort to obtain it before the new law took effect.
Aside from the new no-welfare requirement for citizenship, the new law also included other requirements aimed to ensure that potential new citizens had lived in Switzerland for at least five to 10 years and were properly integrated into the broader Swiss society instead of remaining isolated within enclaves.
UK - Daily - Mail - Applicants - Citizenship
The U.K. Daily Mail reported that applicants for citizenship must now prove that they have “cultivated contacts” with actual Swiss people.
The law also added language requirements, which vary among the different cantons — similar to American states — in Switzerland, though they mostly required an intermediate level of understanding and proficiency.
Kronen - Law - Privilege - Naturalization - Anyone
Furthermore, Kronen reported that the new law excludes the privilege of naturalization for anyone who has been imprisoned within Switzerland for more than three months.
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