Some 68% voted in one of the strictest asylum measures in the western world. The right result for the people says Justice Minister Christophe Blocher, the man behind the legislation. “It’s apparent from the high voter turnout that in the Swiss population, a certain feeling of uneasiness exists. The Swiss people have understood that this Act prevents asylum abuses and at the same time protects the humanitarian traditions of Switzerland.”
Authorities will now be able to refuse asylum for those who can’t provide ID papers within 48 hours. Meant to stop bogus applicants, opponents of the bill argue it will deny help to those that need it. The wrong result according to these refugees:
“I tell myself that the Swiss people have been intoxicated by hatred. I listened to the politicians, they all preached hate. I cried when I heard the honorable Mr. Blocher; I think the Swiss people are afraid.”
“I guess it’s their country and they can do what they want with it. I just want to thank all those who fought for us.”
In the home of aid agencies like the Red Cross, the people have chosen to control more tightly who can come in. Critics have asked that the measures be implemented in a humanitarian manner.