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Projections show new Swiss asylum rules receiving approval

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Projections show new Swiss asylum rules receiving approval

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Early projections in a referendum in Switzerland to toughen up asylum and immigration rules indicate the measures are being approved. Opponents forced the matter to a popular vote, though the proposals had already been given the green light by the parliament and government.

Human rights groups say the measures may deny protection to the persecuted. The new asylum code would amongst other things demand all those seeking refugee status to present a passport. Some of the architects of the proposals say they hope they will make Switzerland less attractive to outsiders.