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.”

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