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«Wettingen (AG): Taking in refugees from the Moria camp»

Postulat d'urgence
Level: Municipality
Municipality: Wettingen (AG)
Status: Rejected


In an urgent postulate, the SP demands the reception of refugees from the (new) Camp Moria on Lesbos.

“Councillor Wettingen is asked,

  • to agree to accept 15 refugees from Moria;
  • to call on the canton and the Confederation to take the necessary measures to enable the reception of refugees from Moria;
  • to coordinate with the towns and municipalities in the canton of Aargau and with Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Winterthur and Zurich, which take similar initiatives to receive refugees”.

12.01.21 Rejection by the municipal council

“This is a morally very understandable request,” writes the municipal council in its proposal to the residents’ council. However, the responsibility for taking in refugees lies with the federal government, while the canton is responsible for granting residence permits. The municipality cannot take in people on its own.

“It is extremely unlikely that the municipality of Wettingen can take in 15 refugees from the refugee camp in question without the consent of the federal government and the canton,” it says. At the same time, the financial impact of a voluntary admission cannot be estimated. Whether and how these presumably high amounts would be covered by the canton remains open. For these reasons, the postulate should be rejected.

Badener Tagblatt 12.01.21

This initiative is part of the campaign “500 people for Aargau”.

The refugee camps in Greece are in dire straits. Several tens of thousands of refugees are locked up in camps under the most degrading conditions. Their situation is so unbearable that at Easter 2020, the three national churches of Switzerland jointly appealed to the Federal Council to alleviate the tragedy and accept 5000 refugees from Greece into Switzerland.

The campaign “500 people for the municipalities in Aargau” takes up this appeal and wants to achieve that municipalities and cities voluntarily increase their quota for taking in people. In this way, they can create the necessary capacity in and with the canton for the government to register the “free space” with the federal government for the admission of people from precarious camps. Numerous communes have already given positive feedback.

Ask your municipality in Aargau to take in people too. The requests are coordinated by the association Netzwerk Asyl Aargau.

Letter template “500 people for the municipalities in Aargau”.


Press reports

Mia Gujer (SP) blitzt ab: Gemeinderat lehnt die Aufnahme von Flüchtlingen aus Moria ab
Die Wettinger Exekutive will keinen Alleingang riskieren und empfiehlt ein SP-Postulat von Mia Gujer zur Ablehnung. Anders sieht die Lage in Baden aus.