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SWITZERLAND: THE MOST AFFLUENT COUNTRY ON EARTH IN THE YEAR 2013 (according to The Economist) further restricts migration and asylum for refugees


according to the The Economist Intelligence Unit ranking system. (1)


The highest number of asylum seekers in Switzerland (according to the Neue Züricher Zeitung of January the 12th, 2013, do come from Eritrea (a country that does not rank within the first 80 countries in the world in order of living standards), Nigeria (ranks 80), Tunisia (ranks 59), Serbia (ranks 54), Afghanistan (does not rank in the first 80), Syria(ranks 73) and Macedonia (does not rank in the first 80). There were 28.600 asylum seekers in Switzerland in the year 2012. (2)


There has always been an often invisible dividing line between human rights and economic reasons for migration, like the colours of the rainbow. More prosperity elsewhere, means less migration here. Sometimes the position of countries in our global communicative vessel system changes from receiving to sending. This has happened so often in a past nobody wants to remember. How many thousands of people from the Netherlands emigrated right after World War II to Australia, Canada and the United States? Let alone to call to mind the colonial and neo-colonial migration movements many of the European countries have been taken part in. Now as we face a reversed movement, European countries seek to restrict the movement of the repressed and poor, like happens now in Switzerland. (3)


It needs courage and desperation to leave your home, as most human societies have become used to a sedentary life style and thus develop all kind of attachments to the place where they have been born and raised. Time for The Economist to also publish a list and map of...




to make the inhabitants of the high up countries in the Best Country List realise why they have become


THE PROMISED LAND... for others. (4)








"Historical Shifts in Asylum Policies in Switzerland: Between Humanitarian Values and the Protection of National Identity" by Yvonne Riaño and Doris Wastl-Walter of the University of Bern, Switzerland, gives a useful overview of almost half a century of refugees and asylum policy in Switzerland.


(4) "Nigerians assess the “best place to be born”

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