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Migrants Refugees edit Swiss newspaper

Migrants are arriving in Europe in large numbers

(Keystone)

A Swiss daily tabloid newspaper has dedicated its news output to the growing migrant crisis – with a team of refugees based in Switzerland editing the edition on Friday.

Blick, Switzerland’s biggest selling paid-for newspaper, was produced for the day by a team of journalists and photographers who had fled from Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Eritrea, Iran and Sri Lanka. The newspaper’s regular staff only wrote content for the sports section.

The content featured an interview with Simonetta Sommaruga, Swiss Justice Minister in charge of asylum and this year’s president. “The dimensions [of the crisis] are enormous,” said Sommaruga in the interview. “No single country can deal with it alone. Europe can do more – and Switzerland can do more.”

Other articles included one journalist’s account of how he fled from Iran across the Balkans to reach Switzerland – a journey that took six weeks and ended in Switzerland on August 8.

Another journalist compared the cost of living in his home country of Sri Lanka to Switzerland. Despite Swiss prices being among the steepest in the world, higher wages, a more stable currency and the wider availability of goods made it relatively easier to obtain goods in Switzerland, he wrote.

On Thursday, another Swiss newspaper, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, dedicated a double page pull-out to the migrant situation in Germany. The newspaper interviewed many migrants, asking them why they had fled their countries and what their expectations were in Europe.

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