Swiss villagers agree to pay hefty fine than taking in Syrian refugees

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Swiss villagers have agreed to pay a fine of £200,000 rather than taking in 10 refugees from ISIS-hit Syria under the country’s new quota system.

Residents Oberwil-Lieli village—there are 300 millionaires in the village—had unanimously voted ‘no’ to a referendum on
1 May whether or not to take the refugees. This led human rights groups to call the villagers ‘racist’.

For refusing to take the Syrian refugees, village mayor Andreas Glarner asked how can the villagers be called racist? “The Syrian refugees could be better served by being in the camps near their home,” said Glarner. He added, “If we are housing them here it will send wrong signals,” he said, as per TOI.

The Swiss government had recently announced a new system under which around 50,000 Syrian refugees would be taken by it. The plan was to distribute the refugees across Switzerland’s 26 counties, as per the new system.

Earlier, Switzerland had announced to take 3,000 Syrians with a third of those arriving in a matter of months, as per Mail Online.

According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), around one million refugees have arrived in Europe till 21 December 2015.