Past Features

November 30, 2012 -- November 28, 2014  
    The initiative "Stop overpopulation - safeguard our natural environment," put forward by the Ecopop Association, calls for annual net immigration in Switzerland to be limited to 0.2 percent of the population. That would mean a cap of about 16,000 people a year compared to the recent average of around 80,000.
    The initiative also calls for 10 percent of Swiss development aid to be spent on family planning measures in poor countries.
    The environmental organization Ecopop was founded in the early 1970s to raise public awareness of the impact of population growth on the planet's limited resources. The campaigners behind Sunday's initiative say Switzerland is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe and that the current rate of immigration is unsustainable. [...]
    In February the electorate narrowly approved a Swiss People's Party initiative for unspecified immigration quotas over concerns about too many people moving to Switzerland from the European Union.

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