On Sunday the Swiss citizens will vote to decide whether or not immigration quotas should be introduced.
After years of difficult negotiations with the European Union on issues which included the freedom of movement, the federal Government is against the proposal to introduce quotas supported by right-wing parties. Such parties are particularly strong in Italian Switzerland, an important destination for Italian immigrants and cross-border workers.
The proposal drew criticism from the Northern League, an aggressive Italian party representing the regions in the North of the country. Ironically, that same party has been proposing a strongly restricted immigration in Italy.
In the meantime, the Italian and Swiss Governments are negotiating an agreement against the use of Swiss bank secrecy for money laundering or tax evasion by Italian citizens.