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Swiss Village chooses to pay $290,630 instead of helping 10 refugees.


After the Swiss government chose to welcome 50,000 refugees into their country, a plan was developed to disperse the refugees throughout the country. As you can imagine (just like in much of the United States) some of the Swiss people were not on board with the government’s efforts. To wit: the residents of Swiss village of Oberwil-Lieli. They chose to pay a $290,630 fine instead of accepting ten refugees into their community.  “Why?” you may rightly ask. What could be so important to them that they don’t want to welcome just ten Syrian refugees?

One of the residents spoke on behalf of their 22,000 people village (which includes 300 millionaires), “We have worked hard all our lives and have a lovely village that we do not want spoiled.” Other residents added:

“We do not want them here, it is as simple as that.”

“We are not suited to take in refugees, they would not fit in here.”

“Money could be sent to help them, but if we are housing them here it sends out the wrong message.”

“Yes, the refugees from Syria have to be helped and they are better served by being helped in the camps nearer their home,”

The mayor of the village, Andreas Glarner, claims their decision was not based in racism (well that’s a relief). The Telegraph reported that in response to the accusations, Glarner said, “the town rejected the quota because it was not told whether the refugees were Syrians or ‘economic migrants from other countries.'”

Ah, so it’s not racism, so much as it’s …not wanting to accept certain people based on their nationality.

Now government officials will have to find a village better “suited” to these ten refugees. Or, at the very least, a village where they would “fit.”

Whatever that means.

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