Yesterday, the residents’ council of Baden (AG) approved by a clear majority the admission of refugees from the former Moria camp on Lesbos. A majority of all political groups voted in favour of the initiative, with the exception of the SVP. Previously, the city council had already expressed its willingness to accept them.
Specifically, the city of Baden has declared itself ready to accept 14 refugees from Moria. It will call on the canton and the federal government to take the necessary measures to enable the reception of refugees from Moria.
Initiator Nora Langmoen said: “The canton and the federal government are blocking the reception of refugees from Moria. This is incomprehensible and disappointing. It is therefore all the more important that the Baden residents’ council also declares itself willing to take in refugees if possible. The more towns and municipalities that participate, the more likely it is that the canton and the federal government will move”.
To this end, Baden will also coordinate with other cities and municipalities in the canton of Aargau that are willing to accept refugees, as well as with Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Winterthur and Zurich, which have adopted similar initiatives to accept refugees.
Some 25 cities in Switzerland have now declared their solidarity with people on the run and are ready to welcome them.