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Illegal immigrants to move to new church

A group of illegal immigrants who have been occupying a church in the city of Zurich for just over two weeks have agreed to move on Sunday.

They announced on Saturday that they would take up the offer of asylum in another Zurich church.

The decision opens the way to a meeting with the cantonal authorities on Monday to discuss their demands. The authorities had said they would not meet the protestors as long as they remained in the church.

The 150 or so immigrants occupied the church on December 19 to draw attention to their difficult situation and to call for a more humanitarian attitude to hardship cases.

They accuse the authorities of reneging on promises made to squatters after they ended a high-profile protest at another church in the city a year ago.

Meanwhile a demonstration was held in Zurich on Saturday to call for all refugees living in Switzerland to be allowed to stay in the country and to be allowed to work.

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