Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches criticizes “Against mass immigration” initiative

The “Against mass immigration” initiative is discriminatory, according to a statement issued by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC). It is incompatible with Switzerland’s long humanitarian tradition and the Christian idea of humanity.
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According to the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC), the title of the “Against mass immigration” initiative, which will be put to the vote in a referendum on February 9, is discriminatory. It evokes the image of a faceless, sinister mass threatening to overrun Switzerland. This image is incompatible both with Switzerland’s long humanitarian tradition and Christian ethics. Migrants are not a “mass” – they are men, women and children. No human being is more valuable than another because of their ethnic origin or nationality.

In addition, the FSPC criticizes that the “Against mass immigration” initiative lumps together the issues of asylum and unrestricted movement. It aims to impose a quota on the number of immigrating workers and refugees in relation to the respective economic situation of the country. The FSPC responds: Our country’s economic situation may change, but violence is always rampant in the world. The protection of people in danger cannot be regulated by quotas.

The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches is also alarmed about the fact that the initiative calls into question the subsequent immigration of family members. Human rights, such as the right to have a family life, cannot be limited by quotas: They are indivisible and the birthright of every human being. The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches rejects the initiative and trusts in the good judgment of the Swiss citizens to recognize scapegoat politics for what they are and to reject them.

» Link to the FSPC statement (in german)