http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/w...wly-approve-curbs-on-immigration.html?hp&_r=1 As you may know, Switzerland - home of chocolates, cheese, no tax, banks and luxury timepieces - recently passed a referendum that was a bit of a shock. They elected to limit the number of migrants arriving annually. Switzerland, as a whole, relies heavily on immigration into key sectors like pharmaceuticals and banks (as a matter of fact, friends of mine moved there recently for work in the former sector). These sectors, as well as the incumbent government, cautioned against the vote but the right wing Swiss People's Party was apparently more pervasive. 56% of the population turned out to vote; 50.3% of them approved the measure. That's not insignificant. And in other parts of Europe - notably France, Holland, and the UK - similar sentiment against immigration is being expressed. It's tempting to dismiss these as racist ravings, but are they? Is the backlash against immigration rooted in racism; in job insecurity, or is there some valid criticisms to be made of immigration (such as citing crime statistics where immigrants are disproportionately represented in violent incidents)? Sorry it wasn't an Economist link.