In Switzerland, voters are preparing to take part in referendum this Sunday which could put an absolute limit on immigration.
Opinion polls show growing support for a cap on the number of foreigner workers coming into the country each year.
For the moment, however, those expected to vote against the proposal are thought to be in the majority.
“We are going to vote against the proposal because Switzerland benefits from a supply of foreigners and there are not enough Swiss workers to do certain jobs,’‘ said one man in Geneva.
However, another man in the city said: I am for it because I think we need to start controlling the amount of foreigners that are coming in. Other countries are doing it – The United States, Australia – where you can’t have a work permit just like that. So I think we should be doing the same thing. We can’t continue to see the population in Switzerland increase by 80,000 people every year.’‘
If a limit is approved, the cap would mean Switzerland’s government having to renegotiate existing deals with the European Union, notably the Schengen Treaty.