Switzerland limits immigration 瑞士限制移民人數

更新時間 2013年 4月 26日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間14:39

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瑞士凖備對來自歐盟成員國的移民和勞工進行入境限制。新的規定不僅對移民人數進行定額限制,而且同時會收緊歐盟成員國公民可持的長期工作簽證數量。瑞士雖不是歐盟成員國,但此舉引來了眾多歐盟官員的強烈不滿。

以下是來自 BBC 記者 Imogen Foulkes 的報道:

Switzerland』s high salaries, low unemployment, and stable currency are a magnet to Eurozone countries. Since the Swiss agreed to free movement of people, immigration from EU members has risen sharply, especially from Spain and Portugal, where unemployment is at crisis levels.

In Switzerland, there is tension. The right wing People』s Party claims Swiss jobseekers are losing out; the Green Party says immigration is putting too much pressure on housing and public transport. Now the Swiss government has called a halt: being outside the EU means Switzerland has some flexibility, and from next month permanent work permits for EU citizens will be strictly limited.

Brussels has reacted angrily: EU officials have always told Switzerland it cannot cherry pick only those parts of European policy it likes best. Now, it』s possible other deals the Swiss really need with Europe, on trade perhaps, could be in danger. Meanwhile, sceptical members of the European Union, like Britain, where many would like a less rigid relationship with the EU, will be watching Switzerland』s move with interest.

Quiz 聽力測驗

True or False? Switzerland's economic situation and job market are attractive to European workers

True.

True or False? Many Swiss people are moving to Spain and Portugal to look for work

False. Many Spanish and Portuguese are moving to Switzerland to look for work.

Which phrase means to select only the things you like?

To cherry pick.

Why might Britain be watching developments in Switzerland?

Because many in Britain want a more flexible relationship with the EU which is more similar to Switzerland's.

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