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Senate promotes new integration policy

The Senate has passed a motion calling for the integration of foreigners to be standardised across the country.

This content was published on March 10, 2011 - 12:07
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The move comes after the House of Representatives passed a similar motion. But unlike the House, the Senate would like some general rules for integration as opposed to a separate legal framework.

It also wants to give the cabinet the power to update the law on foreigners. Some areas being targeted include improving prospects for young people and providing professional training.

Meanwhile, some cantons and towns are sceptical about the idea. Local politicians have said that they do not want the federal government to regulate how they handle immigrants.

Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga has signalled her willingness to support the Senate’s version of the integration motion.

That version will be presented to the House for approval.

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