Czech president: Swiss immigration quota should not apply to Czechs

04-06-2012

Speaking after a meeting with Swiss President Evelin Widmer-Schlumpf, Czech President Václav Klaus said that Switzerland’s planned immigration quota should not apply to all newer EU member states. The Czech head of state said the problems that Switzerland was seeking to address by restricting migration from certain countries did not apply to Czech immigrants. Mr Klaus’s Swiss counterpart was on an official visit to the Czech Republic on Monday. She argues that such a quota is necessary since social tensions have increased in certain regions of Switzerland due to an influx in immigration. Mrs Widmer-Schlumpf has stressed that the new regulation is a short-term one and will most likely only apply for a time span of two years.