Switzerland has come up with a plan to handle “refuges” crossing the border and while it has many up in arms, it’s actually a good idea to keep thugs and would-be terrorists out of their country.
New integration laws allow authorities to confiscate valuable possessions as well as tax 10 percent of refugees’ future wages to help pay for their keep. Possessions worth more than 1,000 Swiss francs can be seized.
The decision came after Denmark recently introduced similar laws.
Local broadcaster Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen revealed a receipt from a Syrian refugee in which he claimed he had to turn over more than half of the money his family had left over after paying traffickers to help them seek asylum, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
The SRF also had a sheet for refugees which said: “If you have property worth more than 1,000 Swiss francs when you arrive at a reception centre you are required to give up these financial assets in return for a receipt.”
The Swiss State Secretariat for Migration said the law called for refugees to contribute when and where possible to the “cost of processing their applications and providing social assistance,” according to the Daily Mail.
If a refugee chooses to leave within seven months after they arrive, he may get his money back. Otherwise, the money goes to cover the administrative costs of his remaining in the country, a spokeswoman said.
Refugees who gain the right to stay and work in Switzerland must also surrender 10 percent of their pay for up to 10 years until they repay the 15,000 francs it costs taxpaying citizens to cover their stay.
Opponents of the new laws say they are undignified, claiming they reflect the confiscation of gold and valuables from Jews by the Third Reich.
Say what they will — after the atrocities refugees have been committing in European countries, these laws will help keep Switzerland safe and those who don’t agree with them can seek asylum elsewhere.
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