[USA Today/WTSP] In the latest move to deny citizenship to those who balk at Swiss culture, authorities rejected the naturalization application of two Muslim girls who refused to take school swimming lessons because boys were present.
The girls, ages 12 and 14, who live in the northern city of Basel, had applied for Swiss citizenship several months ago, but their request was denied, Swiss media reported Tuesday.
The girls, whose names were not disclosed, said their religion prevents them from participating in compulsory swimming lessons with males in the pool at the same time. Their naturalization application was rejected because the sisters did not comply with the school curriculum, Basel authorities said.
“Whoever doesn’t fulfill these conditions violates the law and therefore cannot be naturalized,” Stefan Wehrle, president of the naturalization committee, told TV station SRF on Tuesday.
The case shows how those who don’t follow Swiss rules and customs won’t become citizens, even if they have lived in the country for a long time, are fluent in one of the national languages — German, French or Italian — and are gainfully employed.
In April, members of an immigrant family in the Basel area were denied citizenship because they wore sweatpants around town and did not greet passersby — a sure sign that they were not sufficiently assimilated, the naturalization board claimed.
Another recent case sparked widespread outrage in Switzerland when two Muslim brothers refused to shake hands with their female teacher, also citing religious restrictions. Shaking hands with a teacher is a common practice in Swiss schools.
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After that incident was widely publicized, authorities suspended the naturalization request from the boys’ father, an imam at the Basel mosque.
The swimming case involving the two girls is the first to deny naturalization applications for not complying with a school program, setting precedence for future cases, Wehrle said.
This is not the first time Switzerland’s Muslim community has stirred controversy over swimming lessons. In 2012, a family was fined $1,500 for forbidding their daughters to participate in swimming classes.
The matter eventually ended up in the Supreme Court, which ruled that no dispensations from swimming lessons should be made on religious grounds.
In Switzerland, unlike in the United States and many other countries, integration into society is more important for naturalization than knowledge of national history or politics. Candidates for citizenship must prove that they are well assimilated in their communities and respect local customs and traditions.
In Switzerland, local town or village councils make initial decisions on naturalization applications. If they decide a candidate is not an upstanding member of the community, the application will be denied and not forwarded to canton (state) and federal authorities for further processing.
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That’s what happened in 2014 to Irving Dunn, an American who has lived in Switzerland for nearly 40 years. He was denied Swiss citizenship because he could not name any of his Swiss friends or neighboring villages, authorities said.
“The applicant’s answers have shown that his motive for naturalization is not about integration but about the personal advantages it offers,” the naturalization commission ruled.
Dunn did not deny the charge, telling the English-language news service, The Local, “It can be expected that persons mainly want personal advantages from citizenship,” such as the right to vote and live indefinitely in Switzerland.
[ZurichTimes] The Swiss have a very unique approach to international relations which is called “Neutrality” as in the “Neutral Zone” in Star Trek and the same uniqueness manifests itself in how the Swiss view decisions on Immigration. The Swiss have created a bastion of peace where all the worlds banking and diplomacy is headquartered and we do not get involved politically with the affairs of other nations and maintain a stance of neutrality. It has been a very effective policy that has kept war and most troubles away from this land for a long time. What is in the best interests of Switzerland comes first and everything and everyone else comes second.
Everyone applying to the Immigration authorities must pass the “Smell Test” and must prove their desires and actions to adjust to life in Switzerland otherwise you will be asked to leave as your application for residency has been rejected.
Given the Demons of Daesh are now officially on the loose and even the Holy Month of Ramadan has not stopped these Demons from attacking innocents, then in this light how the Swiss are treating foreigners whether Muslim on Non-Muslim makes sense on a rational level even if it does not look very objective from the outside.
If borders are not erected and enforced in the coming weeks and months of this year we may lose one of the last bastions of sanity and peace in the world and that loss may be greater than the violation of some peoples rights.
It has long been view our that the best resettlement policy for Syrians and those fleeing war in that region is to stop the war and the fighting first and not as an after thought after we have sold them billions in arms and weapons to keep the fighting going on for several more months and years.
The best place for Syrians to migrate to is back to their own nation called Syria where they need to go back to living in peace as they were for the last few decades. If you are not sure of aware of this fact ask yourself when was the last war Syria was involved in and more importantly why is there a war in Syria to begin with right now?
Without peace in the Levant there will be no peace in Europe. Therefore European nations that are feeding the fire of war in the Levant should first own up to their moral responsibility to the rest of Humanity and not become pretentious when these war torn refugees migrant to your lands to seek refuge from the foreign policy games your own governments are playing in that region.