The Feb. 9, 2016 file picture shows posters campaigning for and against the "Enforcement Initiative" in Zurich, Switzerland. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP.file)
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Switzerland began voting in a referendum Sunday on whether foreign criminals should be automatically deported even for minor offences, after a far-right push to tighten the rules.More than half of Swiss voters backed strengthening rules to automatically expel foreign nationals convicted of violent or sexual crimes in a referendum on the same topic six years ago.If passed, it would dramatically increase the number of offences that can get foreign nationals automatically kicked out of Switzerland, including misdemeanors usually punishable with short prison sentences or fines.A poll by gfs.bern earlier this month found 49 percent of those questioned opposed the text while 46 percent were in favor -- but with five percent still undecided, the vote could go either way.
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