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

Dringliches Postulat
Level: Municipality
Municipality: Wohlen (AG)
Status: Rejected


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

“Councilman Wohlen is asked,

  • to agree to accept 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”.

The postulate was rejected in October 2020.

“Four CVP politicians demanded 50,000 francs in donations from the municipality. The SP and the Greens, on the other hand, demanded that Wohlen lobby the federal government and the canton to take in twelve refugees from Moria in the village soon. In a nutshell: Both requests were rejected. Both times, municipal councillor Paul Huwiler was able to clarify that humanitarian aid is the obligation of the federal government.

“Of course we take in every contingent that is allocated to us by the federal government and the canton. We currently have even more refugees in Wohlen than we should,” Huwiler said. The 50,000 francs were rejected with 15 votes in favour, 20 against and 2 abstentions. The twelve refugees were rejected by 11 votes in favour, 23 against and 4 abstentions. The council also clearly rejected 10,000 francs, which were requested later in the budget debate for the refugees.”

Aargauer Zeitung from 12.10.20

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

Gemeinde Wohlen wird Flüchtlingen in Moria nicht helfen
Le conseil des habitants de Wohlen a rejeté deux avances pour la Moria. Toutefois, les conseils ont pris note du plan financier sans discussions majeures. Et ils ont fait étonnamment peu de coupes budgétaires.