While ‘researching’ for an essay today, I stumbled across this article from The Atlantic.
It tells the story of the extremely wealthy Swiss town of Oberwil-Lieli, just outside Zurich. When the town was told to house 10 refugees (equivalent to 0.04% of the town’s population) as part of the Swiss resettlement program, the town instead voted to accept legal action against them in the form of a fine. One resident even went as far as to say the following:
“We do not want them here, it is as simple as that. We have worked hard all our lives and have a lovely village that we do not want spoiled… they would not fit in here.”
While this would be disappointing in any instance, the thing that makes this even worse is the fact that Oberwil-Lieli is home to 300 millionaires.
The Question needs to be asked – is a little more comfort worth the futures of others?