Switzerland limits immigration 瑞士限制移民人数

更新时间 2013年 4月 26日, 星期五 - 格林尼治标准时间14:39

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以下是来自 BBC 记者 Imogen Foulkes 的报道:

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 听力测验

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


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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