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Swiss voters reject 'foreign criminal deportation' plan

Swiss voters rejected a proposal to automatically deport foreign criminals Credit: Reuters

Swiss voters have rejected a right-wing proposal for the automatic deportation of foreign law-breakers, a defeat for the country's dominant anti-immigration Swiss People's Party (SVP).

The SVP proposal was to expel foreign residents guilty of anything from murder to speeding, but it was voted down in a referendum on Sunday.

Activists and business leaders said it would violate human rights and complicate relations with Switzerland's main trading partner, the EU, which is already unhappy with a 2014 vote that backed quotas on EU workers.

The final tally showed 58.9% of voters opposed automatic deportations, with a turnout of more than 62%.

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