MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The citizens of Switzerland voted earlier in the day in the nationwide referendum to decide among other issues whether foreign nationals who reside in the country should be automatically deported if found guilty of committing a crime, ranging from murder to speeding. The latest estimates in favor of the initiative stand at 41 percent.
"The 125-year success story of ABB in Switzerland is closely linked to the fact that international specialists and talents come to Switzerland. In order to remain competitive and innovative in an increasingly global competition, ABB is dependent on the right combination of Swiss and international professionals and therefore on the attractiveness of Switzerland," Wiesner said.
The initiative on expulsion of foreigners was proposed by the anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party, currently having the most seats among all parties presented in the National Council taking into consideration the fact that foreigners constitute almost one-quarter of the country's population.
Over five million people were eligible to vote in Switzerland, while some two million foreigners living in the country could not take part in the referendum.
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