Asylum in the mountains

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Army barracks in Bernese Alps used to house Africans.

The Arab Spring has contributed to an increase in asylum applications in Switzerland: in total there were 9,800 in the first six months of the year. Switzerland decided to open up a military bunker in the remote Jaunpass, in the Bernese Alps, to take pressure off the four reception centres on the country’s borders. Residents are free to come and go as they please. But many locals seem unhappy with the decision. (SF/