🇨🇭 Swiss referendum on citizenship after ☪️anti-Muslim☪️ row

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Switzerland is holding a referendum on Sunday on whether to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, after a campaign tainted by anti-Muslim messages and charges of religious prejudice.

But the outcome of the referendum, the latest in Switzerland's direct democracy system, has been clouded by the far right nationalist Swiss People's Party (SVP), which put issues of Islam and national identity at the centre of the debate.

According to a migration department study, fewer than 25,000 people in the country of about eight million currently qualify as third-generation immigrants, meaning they have at least one grandparent who was born in the country or acquired Swiss residency.

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