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    Swiss voters back expulsion of foreign criminals

    Swiss voters have backed a referendum proposal for the automatic expulsion of non-Swiss citizens for certain crimes.

    Around 53% agreed that those convicted of crimes ranging from murder to benefit fraud should be deported.

    Fabrice Moscheni, of the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), which drew up the measure, said "people we welcome in Switzerland should respect the rules of this country".

    But opponents said it was another example of increasing xenophobia.

    The SVP was behind last year's referendum that imposed a ban on the building of Islamic minarets. That decision was condemned by human rights groups and foreign governments.

    The SVP says immigrants to Switzerland are disproportionately responsible for crime. It points to the fact that more than 60% of prison inmates do not have Swiss nationality.

    But opponents say the measures go too far. The children of immigrants do not automatically get Swiss citizenship, so the rule would mean sending some people who were born and brought up in Switzerland to countries they know nothing of.

    Convicts would serve their sentence in Switzerland first and then be deported without appeal.

    The full story available from here : BBC News - Swiss voters back expulsion of foreign criminals

    If we had something like this here in the UK I'm sure there'd be widespread support, however the one aspect I'm not sure about is where convicts aren't deported until they've finished their sentence; I'd be inclined to deport them immediately after conviction with a recommendation to the country they're being deported that that they serve the sentence there. Why should we have to pay for keeping them in prison if they're not our citizens?
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    Re: Swiss voters back expulsion of foreign criminals

    Here here! I particularly like the fact that I think due to Switzerland's citizenship laws, the children of immigrants born in Switzerland do not necessarily qualify for residency, hence the laws can also apply to them. I think that would be an issue in applying a similar scheme in the UK, because many crimes are committed by people who are essentially 'foreign' but are technically citizens as they were born in the UK.

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    Re: Swiss voters back expulsion of foreign criminals

    Imagine the outcry if we did the same with East europeans, Afro-carribeans and especialy Muslims. They might be cutting their nose of to spite their faces through; have a look at some of their banks clients, everybody from the Mafia to war criminals.

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    Re: Swiss voters back expulsion of foreign criminals

    Good. Foreign criminals have no right to be here and they should be deported immediately. We should inform their native government of their crimes and allow them to handle it. Its just a shame we can't deport chavs somewhere.
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    Re: Swiss voters back expulsion of foreign criminals

    Brilliant news. If only our goverment would do the same. I sincerely doubt it would ever happen though, they seem to have the backbone of a blancmange!
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    Re: Swiss voters back expulsion of foreign criminals

    A vison of the future.

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    Re: Swiss voters back expulsion of foreign criminals

    Certainly a step in the right direction

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