Interesting article on what's required of new Swiss citizens
LAST week, two young girls had their citizenship applications rejected by the Swiss government.
The girls, aged 12 and 14, were denied a Swiss passport because they refused to participate in school swimming lessons and camps, saying the proximity to men in these contexts was forbidden by their religion.
Swimming lessons are compulsory in the Swiss city of Basel, where the incident took place.
Stefan Wehrle, president of the naturalisation committee, said that young people who wish to become citizens need to prove they’re meeting the requirements of the country’s education system.
“Whoever doesn’t fulfil these conditions violates the law and therefore cannot be naturalised,” he told the Swiss TV station SRF.
It’s the first in a string of cases where individuals and families have seen their citizenship requests denied on the basis of not properly integrating into the country’s society and culture.
WHAT IS ‘NATURALISATION’?
To become an Australian citizen, you basically need to be a permanent resident, have a clean record, pass a general knowledge test and intend on staying in Australia.
In Switzerland, however, the rules are more stringent. Foreigners with no direct blood ties to Switzerland must live in the country for at least 12 years before they can apply for citizenship (although years spent in the country between ages 10 and 20 count for double).
Unlike in Australia or the United States, general knowledge of the country is considered less important than provenly integrating into society.
Authorities can and will do regular check-ups to determine whether or not a migrant is making genuine attempts to assimilate into their local neighbourhood, and adopting the national customs and traditions.
According to the Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, one of the country’s largest newspapers, it is very rare for a naturalisation application to be denied.
But a string of recent cases suggest otherwise.
In an incident last month, a Bosnian Muslim father was fined for refusing to allow his daughters to take swimming lessons at school.
He also forbade them from going to camps and other school events, claiming such activities ran counter to his religious beliefs, the AFP reported.
He was ordered to pay 4000 Swiss francs (almost $A5500), and the prosecutor additionally requested he serve four months in jail, saying he had been living in Switzerland since 1990 and had made no attempts to integrate.
The Swiss government is not shy about threatening fines over a lack of integration. A case of this a few months ago sparked national outrage after two Muslim schoolboys refused to shake their female teacher’s hand, saying any physical contact with a non-related female was prohibited by Islam.
Shaking hands in Switzerland is a common display of cultural etiquette, taught from a very young age as a sign of respect.
The incident largely sparked fury after the school agreed that the boys would no longer have to shake their female teachers’ hands, with the country’s Justice Minister insisting “shaking hands is part of our culture”.
The decision was later overturned, and replaced by a rule that stated a parent or guardian could be fined up to 5000 francs ($A6805) if their child refused to shake hands.
In 2015, a 76-year-old American immigrant abandoned his quest to become a Swiss citizen after living there for 43 years.
Local officials refused his naturalisation application, claiming the man — who lived there with his three children and German wife — had not sufficiently integrated.
They justified this by claiming, based on tests they conducted, that he wasn’t familiar with the local area and didn’t have any local friends.
In a comparatively stricter ruling, a family from Kosovo was denied citizenship because they wore tracksuit pants around town.
Initially, the family’s application process seemed solid: they knew the customs and geography of their region, and they could all speak German (there is a rule that citizens must speak one of the three national languages fluently — German, French or Italian).
But some panel members said the fact that they didn’t wear jeans was a hindrance, as was the fact that they didn’t greet people they passed in the street.
Gee! do they sure have ways to keep the riff raff out! How are you supposed to police if they wear jeans or not? How many friends are Swiss?
pfffttttt.....who wants those dirty fucks in the water anyway.if they actually bathed they'd probably melt away into a little cockroach wearing a robe
Nice..I wish the USA would make crazy rules to kick out all the mud people here
Well if they can pull it off without the UN jumping up and down other nations could too. They aren't discriminating on race but they are discriminating on language skills and clothing and weather or not you have a lot of local friends.
This is a good way of preventing enclaves and migrant "states inside a state" .
For them it is either " fit in or f*ck off"!
They wouldn't consider writing signs In Languages that are not official to their country . I mean having English is important for tourists to get around in believe me.Trying to Catch subways for the correct station and look at maps that just are in Cyrillic script is a nightmare.
However in some Asian neighbourhoods there is Asian characters everywhere and the chinks even asked for parking signs to be written in Chinese characters.
This is nonsense and they'd have nothing of the sort.
Last edited by BMX racist; 07-13-2016 at 10:46 PM.
The USA will never do this. Our government is too busy being politically correct and trying to get everyone to hold hands and sing Kumbaya.
It just seems like the second anything controversial with the topic of race comes up in America. The niggers start rioting ,looting, crime spree fueled tantrum."The squeaky wheel who gets the most oil"?
Originally Posted by NOMAD
Then it escalates into gun fights.
Nobody can live like this!Would you want your kids to grow up in an area where blacks and Koreans are having a gun fight in the street?
There are just two options here(1) expel all non whites and have a white America policy.
(2) try get everybody togeather and sing Kumbayah.
What people don't fathom is Racism is here to stay.It is like Islam, you'll never stop it you can just expel those trouble makers to other places.
Even with Switzerland the Muslims will still be there as permanent residents ,just not citizens. They could be citizens only when:- they were the "right clothes",have Swiss friends,fluently speak an official language,take swimming lessons and shake hands. Seems the American guy didn't even get citizenship on those grounds.
I just don't know how thy police who is friends with who and who wears what clothes how do you dob a candidate in? Will they be interviewed by the immigration department?
Last edited by BMX racist; 07-14-2016 at 10:21 PM.
Just imagine if Hitler would have won...a society where I want to raise my family... Hail Hitler..