Immigrants and asylum seekers who are on welfare and want to become citizens of Switzerland must now pay back any money they received from the state before they can do so.

According to an article by Chris Tomlinson published on, Switzerland is enforcing a new civil rights act that prevents residents who have received welfare in the past three years from making a citizenship application unless they pay back any money received from the state.

The article also states that the new act requires migrants to demonstrate a greater level of integration in the country by requiring them to prove they have Swiss friends and acquaintances.

It will be interesting to see how Switzerland’s focus on “workfare” will increase productivity and help better control and regulate the number of non-citizens receiving benefits.

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