Switzerland votes to ease citizenship rules

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By Euronews
Switzerland votes to ease citizenship rules

Swiss voters have approved a relaxation of their country’s citizenship rules, dismissing suggestions from the far-right that the move could pose a security threat.

In a referendum on Sunday, they backed a proposal to simplify naturalisation for third-generation immigrants.

That means those born in Switzerland whose grandparents moved there – many of them from Italy – will have an easier route to gaining nationality.

Under the current system, they had faced a lengthy and often expensive procedure.

Around a quarter of Switzerland’s population is foreign.

The change was backed by the government and parliament. But far-right parties argued that it would pose a security risk and raised the spectre of so-called “Islamisation” with provocative posters showing a burqa-clad woman.

In a separate referendum on Sunday, Swiss voters rejected plans to overhaul the corporate tax system.