A government commission has rejected proposed laws designed to improve the integration of foreigners in Switzerland, with 12 votes against, 9 for, and 2 abstentions.
By early 2014, the Swiss National Council and Council of States had made good progress on the project. Then, following the successful popular vote in February 2014 to control mass immigration, it was sent back to the Federal Council (cabinet) for further discussion. The resulting text was tougher. In particular, the possibility of family reunification for those on provisional visas, was removed, something a minority think contravenes the european convention on human rights. In addition, those on C permits would have to meet the same test as those on B permits to qualify for family reunification. A long term dependance on benefits could lead to a revocation of a C permit, even after 15 years of living in Switzerland.
To increase integration into the workforce, the Federal Council wants to remove the proposed special 10% refugee income tax. In addition, it wants the replace the need to apply for permission to work with an obligation to announce it.
A majority of the commission also want permanent residence to be revoked when foreigners are not willing to integrate.
In the end the commission rejected the project. On 14 September 2016, Switzerland’s National Council (parliament) will look at it.