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Swiss voters reject basic income proposal

Reporter: Martina Fuchs 丨 CCTV.com

06-06-2016 17:06 BJT

In Switzerland, voters on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income to all 8.1 million residents. The supporters camp had suggested a monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs - or 2,555 US dollars - for adults and also 625 Swiss francs - or 650 US dollars - for each child. For more, we are now joined by our swiss reporter Martina Fuchs.

The basic wage model is not just being discussed here in Switzerland. The concept is also gaining interest across Europe with both the Netherlands and Finland looking at pilot programs. But many here still have their doubts…   

But others believe that won’t be the case.

Some also fear the pull factor – and whether the concept would attract economic migrants.

The campaign group admits the concept still needs to evolve. But perhaps in time, citizens here really will get money for nothing.

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