Zurich says no to one language, Bern rejects extra asylum funding
In other votes across the country. Zurich rejected plans to cut the number of languages taught to young children to just one. The move have probably led to more English being taught at the expense of a national language.
The proposal was backed by teachers who say two foreign languages for primary school children is too onerous.
In Bern, voters said no to an extra CHF 100m to help unaccompanied young asylum seekers. By a majority of 54%, voters decided not to spend the money on younger refugees – accepting the argument by the right wing Swiss People’s Party that they can be housed with other asylum seekers and don’t need special care.
The government says younger people need extra help and the move would have saved social care costs later and the mover could be in breach of the Swiss constitution as well as international treaties.