Swiss voters approve foreigner deportation plan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 28, 2010 19:48

GENEVA — Swiss voters on Sunday approved a plan to automatically deport foreigners who commit serious crimes or benefit fraud, in a significant victory for the nationalist party that pushed the proposal against the will of the government.

Some 52.9 percent of voters backed the proposal put forward by the nationalist Swiss People's Party, or SVP, according to Swiss national broadcaster SF1. The plan was opposed by 47.1 percent of voters.

A government-backed counter-proposal failed. It would have required case-by-case review by a judge before an individual is deported.


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