“A foreigner is only foreign in a foreign place.”

Carl Valentin (1882 to 1948), German author and comedian

“An enormous wave has hit Europe. We would do well to have good solutions, and I believe the Federal Council has good solutions.”

Johann Schneider-Ammann, President of the Swiss Confederation, on the influx of refugees

“Building castles in the sky costs nothing, but their destruction is very expensive.”

François Mauriac (1885 to 1970), French author

“It’s an absurd situation. Our companies recruit tens of thousands of workers from abroad each year while thousands of refugees fit for work obtain welfare benefits in Switzerland. Something is wrong there!”

Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga

“If you commit foolish acts, they must at least succeed.”

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821)

“If you do not set any limits, you reach your own.”

Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard

“Truth and politics rarely live under the same roof.”

Stefan Zweig (1881 to 1942), Austrian author

“If immigration soars, political decisions must be made.”

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin

“To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.”

Sophocles (died 406 BC), Greek poet

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