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.