Swiss village chooses to pay £200,000 fine instead of accepting 10 refugees as ‘they won’t fit in’

One of Europe’s wealthiest villages has decided to pay a £200,000 fine instead of accepting around 10 refugees under its country’s newly imposed quota.

Residents in the picturesque Swiss village of Oberwil-Lieli said they voted ‘no’ in a referendum on whether to accept the refugees because “they wouldn’t fit in.”

It comes after the Swiss government announced a quota system to meet its promise of allowing 50,000 asylum seekers into the country.

By rejecting the government’s plans, the village – which counts 300 millionaires among its population of 22,000 – has sent shockwaves across the country, with some accusing the residents of racism.

…One of them, who asked not to be named, told the MailOnline: “We do not want them here, it is as simple as that.

“We have worked hard all our lives and have a lovely village that we do not want spoiled.”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    A wise investment in their future as the social costs of those 10 refugees would have far outstripped that $200,000 fine.

  • It’s like indulgences, isn’t it?

  • Canadian Born

    Smart people! To bad Canadians wouldn’t follow suit.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Too bad, indeed. Fear not, though, Trudeau will more than make up for the “wicked racism” of these Swiss millionaires.

  • Clink9

    What a bargain.

  • mobuyus

    An old fashioned sheik down.

  • roccolore

    Still cheaper than funding them.

  • canminuteman

    Great, except I would bet money that all the millionaires in town are progressives who are quite happy to foist refugees on everyone else

  • pettifog

    22,000 population, 290,000 Francs, what’s that about 14 francs each? That’s a bargain.

  • Shebel

    How much would it cost for Canada ,in general, to do the same thing thing ?