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(Bloomberg) -- Nearly a quarter of Switzerland’s residents are foreigners, with the number passing the 2 million mark in 2015. The influx of newcomers, most of whom come from the neighboring European Union, prompted the Swiss to vote for immigration curbs in a 2014 plebiscite, putting the country on a potential collision course with the bloc. To break the impasse, parliament’s lower house suggested a compromise, with the upper chamber set to consider the plan this week.

To contact the reporter on this story: Catherine Bosley in Zurich at cbosley1@bloomberg.net. To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fergal O'Brien at fobrien@bloomberg.net, Zoe Schneeweiss

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