Immigrants against Switzerland
Immigrants from Muslim countries demand that Switzerland change its flag. Many experts believe that such demands may raise the immigration problem in Western Europe, where the influence of the right-wing parties is strengthening, to its peak.
The Swiss Muslims are of the opinion that the white cross against the red background is an insult to them since they are representatives of a non-Christian religion. Therefore, they have come up with a proposal to make the Swiss flag green-yellow-red - exactly as it was about 200 years ago. Earlier they campaigned for adding minarets to the existing mosques but their initiative ended in failure because it did not get approval from the Swiss authorities. Their present-day initiative seems even more absurd. Most likely, it doesn’t reflect the moods of the immigration environment. It is simply a provocation, as an expert on the problems of Western Europe, Vladislav Belov, said in an interview with the Voice of Russia.
"This seems to be a provocation set up by the Swiss Muslims as well as by the Muslims of other countries. Because it is another pretext for giving the far-right Swiss People’s Party, which gained the majority of votes at the parliamentary elections to the lower house of Parliament on October 23rd, another chance to call the attention of the Swiss citizens to the fact that Muslims who put forward such demands are an alien element in the Swiss Confederation."
At the moment Europe is not ready to bring immigration to a halt, and there’re many reasons for that. First of all, Europe needs workforce. However, it is possible to regulate the relations between countries and immigrants, an expert on the French problems, Yuri Rubinsky, stressed in the interview with the Voice of Russia.
"The demographic situation in Europe forces it to import workforce from the countries, where its level is very high. This means that by the middle of this century Europe will feel the deficit of workforce, which will amount to tens of millions of workers. The regulation of migration flows is still on the EU agenda."
However, conservatives and even nationalists are gaining force in many European countries today. The representatives of the People’s Party, which insists on limiting immigration, make up one-fourth of the Swiss Parliament. At the elections in France, Finland, Germany, Austria, and Poland the right-wing parties also received a considerable majority of votes. Europe, which earlier was known for its tolerance, comes out against immigrants today. Commenting on this situation, Vladislav Belov said:
"The post-war history of Western Europe shows that as soon as immigrants stop adopting the values of West European culture and as soon as other cultures start spreading their standards a clash of cultures emerges. What appears later is far-right nationalism, and as a result, the policy of multi-culturalism, which all countries are propagating, suffers a defeat."
The crisis of multi-culturalism became evident in the middle of this year. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said this policy was a complete failure. And as regards France, President Nicolas Sarkozy has acknowledged its failure in his country too. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed to give up passive tolerance, which is the characteristic feature of multi-culturalism. The August disorders in London were also attributed to immigration problems. A critical situation emerged on Lampedusa, where more than 20,000 refugees illegally arrived after the revolutionary events in Libya and Tunisia. At that time the EU countries, for the first time, refused in a categorical form to offer help to Italy and to receive the refugees.