Swiss millionaire accused of racism for refusing to accept migrants
• Swiss millionaire accused of racism for refusing to accept migrants
In located 16 kilometers from Zurich, the Swiss village of Oberwil-Liela as if painted on a colorful postcard, home to more than 2000 people, 300 of whom are millionaires. The Swiss government has insisted that the 26 cantons to host the migrants at a special quota - only about 50,000 people across the country.
But extremely wealthy Swiss from Oberwil-Liela in May 2016 organized a referendum in which the villagers voted not to host migrants. Instead, they agreed to pay 262,000 euros. The decision was taken due to concerns of local women about the fact that in the case of migrant accommodation in the village could be repeated incidents of sexual violence, like what has happened in Cologne, New Year's Eve, and indeed it will spoil the habitual way of life. However, this step has exacerbated passions: some villagers said that they are extremely confused and called the referendum "a racist". The richest people of Oberwil-Liela even offered to personally pay the fine imposed by the Swiss authorities for refusing to accept refugees.
Image village of Oberwil-Liela, surrounded by lush green pastures with stunning imagination snow-capped mountains in the distance, it could decorate a box of chocolates. Alpine-style chalet, modern house with huge panoramic windows make the most ancient one of the most attractive - and most expensive - over life in Switzerland.
Roads innocently clean, the gardens are beautiful and immaculately groomed, and despite the fact that up to one of the largest cities of Switzerland, Zurich, just 10 miles, very little movement.
Add a very low crime rate, and you'll see why the value of homes in Oberwil-Liela begins with 1, 3 million euros.
In general, it is not surprising that the residents of this idyllic village voted against, to settle at migrants.
May 1 residents held a referendum on the issue of accommodation of refugees - the first time in Europe. This led to the division of public opinion and verification of many friendly ties of strength: many human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch, were simply stunned and called the vote results are racist.
Although Switzerland is not part of the EU, its government decided to participate in the resettlement of the families of migrants fleeing war and chaos in their countries. Earlier, Switzerland announced that it would take about 3,000 Syrians.
The important factors that influenced the results of the vote, have also become notable incidents of attack on migrant women that took place in Cologne and other German cities in the New Year's Eve.
In an interview with Mail Online Mayor Oberwil-Liela Mr. Fritz Glarner said he did not consider refusal to accept migrants in the village of racism.
However, not all residents agree with him and with the results of the referendum. Patricia, the mother of two children, confused and disappointed by this, as she says, "racism".