Czech PM says Swiss immigration referendum reflects growing trend


10.02.2014 14:05

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said today he believes that the result of the Swiss immigration referendum reflects a strengthening trend in advanced countries, adding that the Czechs do not want to newly regulate immigration.


Švýcarské referendum k omezení přistěhovalectví - sčítání hlasů. ČTK/AP Walter Bieri

"The result was rather tight, but yet it is a trend that seems to have been strengthening in advanced countries in the past years," Sobotka said.

The Swiss nationalists´ proposal to restrict immigration was supported by 50.3 percent of Swiss citizens in a weekend referendum.

Sobotka said the Czech government "has no ambition to restrict the movement of people who are citizens of the European Union and who are only moving from one EU country to another."

"The regulation of the influx of workers from countries that are not members of the European Union to the Czech labour market is naturally a different matter," Sobotka said.

"I believe that the existing competences to regulate this influx of labour are sufficient and the government does not propose any changes in this sphere for the time being," Sobotka said.

Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (CSSD) said in Brussels today the restriction of immigration is not good and that Switzerland is excluding itself from the Schengen area rules this way, which may adversely affect the country.

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