Stricter language tests in Solothurn

Some politicians in canton Solothurn are pushing back against a plan to tighten the language requirement for those wishing to become Swiss.

The Swiss People’s Party says applicants should reach B1 orally and B2 in German written skills. 

That’s tougher than the requirements laid down by the Federal Council. 

Social Democrat member, Mathias Stricker, says poorly educated people in low paid work would have little chance of being naturalized with those demands. 

But some say even those born Swiss may have trouble reaching such levels, Green Party member Heinz Flück asks, rhetorically, should they be denaturalized?



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