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The pre-election rhetoric of the Swiss People's Party (SVP), seems to invite fear about the non-Swiss residents who also call this country their home.

In fact, an expatriate might feel rather like a gatecrasher in the face of SVP proposals to expel delinquent young foreigners together with all of their law-abiding family members.

To most expatriates, a little Swiss reticence about an influx of newcomers makes sense, especially for a country as desirable as this one. People from other lands who are living here can sense the pressure building as Switzerland opens up to EU citizens. By and large, they also understand the fear that might result from the disproportionate number of foreigners in Swiss jails. We foreigners comprise one in five residents, but two-thirds of the prison population, including asylum seekers.

Still, Switzerland has the toughest naturalisation laws in Europe. And as the United Nations brands a controversial election poster 'racist', many Swiss and non-Swiss recoil at the attention, and hope it will subside after the election.

And it may. After all, the SVP may be the most popular party, but three out of four Swiss still don't vote for it.

A lot of people will watch the October 21st vote with interest, wondering if the People's Party will continue to build support with campaigns like these. For now, don't miss our report on the feisty pre-election debate on page 8.

Also this month, we kick off a series on Sex in the Swiss Cities, one revelation being that, hey, we're not having quite as much sex as we thought! The latest study of our bedroom antics is on page 12. Next month, the series looks at the world's oldest profession, reportedly used by some 350,000 people a year in Switzerland. Stay tuned for more.

And before I forget, have a Happy Halloween! Kati and I are wishing you all the fun that a crisp and colourful October can offer you and yours.
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Author:Meen, Liz
Publication:Swiss News
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Date:Oct 1, 2007
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