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Swiss voters narrowly approve curbs on immigration

Demonstrators protested the result of the vote in Zurich. Foreigners make up 27 percent of the country’s population.
Demonstrators protested the result of the vote in Zurich. Foreigners make up 27 percent of the country’s population.Credit: Steffen Schmidt/EPA

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BERLIN — A narrow majority of voters in Switzerland on Sunday approved proposals that would reintroduce restrictions on the number of foreigners allowed to live and work in the country, a move that could have far-reaching implications for Switzerland’s relations with the European Union.

The referendum on the changes to the country’s liberal immigration law was a rebuke to the Swiss government, the banking industry, and business leaders who had lobbied against the restrictions, warning that such a move could endanger Switzerland’s prosperity.

The admonitions failed to drown out the warnings of the rightist Swiss People’s Party, which introduced the referendum that it said was necessary if Switzerland was to retain its identity in the face of immigration.

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