Enough! Migrants protest as Switzerland slams border shut in new crackdown

Monday, September 19, 2016
By Paul Martin

SWITZERLAND is the latest country to give up on European cooperation as the government steams ahead with their own plans to clamp down on the migrant influx.

Mon, Sep 19, 2016

The Swiss government expects far fewer asylum requests this year following intense restrictions on migrants crossing the border from Italy.

Italy has become the frontline of the migrant crisis after a number of Balkan countries, as well as Austria and Hungary, almost completely shut down their borders.

The Mediterranean nation has shouldered an unprecedented number of migrants with little help from their EU neighbours, sparking a spat between Matteo Renzi’s government and Germany’s Angela Merkel.

Now, the unilateral move from Switzerland will see the country that sits outside of the EU cut its predicted intake this year by more than 20 per cent.

A deal between the European Union and Turkey has reduced numbers of people crossing the sea to Greece, making Switzerland’s neighbour Italy the new crisis point.

While legitimate asylum seekers can stay, Swiss authorities said the country can’t become a transit route to northern Europe.

Switzerland has since increased security along its border with Italy, deploying helicopters and a drone over the region to keep out illegal immigrants.

While Italy has seen a dramatic rise in migrants arriving this year, Swiss asylum requests in July and August fell dramatically by more than a third on last year, according to the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration.

On top of this, Switerland have been able to turn back nearly 5,000 migrants – two-thirds of the total of those who passed through the Italian border.

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