The Neuchâtel Grand Council accepted on Wednesday, 30 September 2020, by an overwhelming majority (96 yes, 3 no and 6 abstentions), an urgent resolution asking the Federal Council to increase the quota of refugees from Lesbos.
In Neuchâtel, it was a coalition of the centre-right and the left that brought the subject before the General Council, which almost unanimously supported a text calling for the reception of about fifty refugees. The decision as to the number of refugees that can be received by Switzerland is a federal responsibility, but it can be valuable for our government to know that, on the ground, public authorities are ready to commit themselves to receiving the victims of this humanitarian tragedy.
“Our multicultural city has a fine tradition of solidarity with refugees. Whether through the work done by the city services, the religious communities and their self-help work or the rich fabric of associations active in the field of integration. Once again we have the opportunity to live up to this tradition.
Therefore, we would like to ask the Municipality the following question:
Is the Municipality willing to join the Appeal of Swiss Cities and to write to the Confederation to inform it of its readiness to welcome victims, in particular families and unaccompanied minors, of the humanitarian tragedy that the fire in Moria represents”.
Mercredi, les députés neuchâtelois se sont prononcés en faveur d’une aide envers les réfugiés du camp grec de Moria, qui a été ravagé par les flammes.