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BBC新闻词汇 第120期:Switzerland limits immigration

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Switzerland's high salaries, low unemployment, and stable currency are a magnet to Eurozone countries. Since the Swiss agreed to free movement of people, immigration from EU members has risen sharply, especially from Spain and Portugal, where unemployment is at crisis levels.

In Switzerland, there is tension. The right wing People's Party claims Swiss jobseekers are losing out; the Green Party says immigration is putting too much pressure on housing and public transport. Now the Swiss government has called a halt: being outside the EU means Switzerland has some flexibility, and from next month permanent work permits for EU citizens will be strictly limited.

Brussels has reacted angrily: EU officials have always told Switzerland it cannot cherry pick only those parts of European policy it likes best. Now, it's possible other deals the Swiss really need with Europe, on trade perhaps, could be in danger. Meanwhile, sceptical members of the European Union, like Britain, where many would like a less rigid relationship with the EU, will be watching Switzerland's move with interest.

Vocabulary:

stable adj. 稳定的
magnet n. 磁铁
Eurozone countries 欧元区国家
immigration n. 外来移民
at crisis levels 在危机水平
called a halt 叫停
work permits 工作许可证,工作签证
cherry pick 选出最佳项目
sceptical (US: skeptical) adj. 怀疑的
rigid adj. 严格的,僵硬的,死板的

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permanent ['pə:mənənt]

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adj. 永久的,持久的
n. 烫发

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pressure ['preʃə]

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n. 压力,压强,压迫
v. 施压

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stable ['steibl]

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adj. 稳定的,安定的,可靠的
n. 马厩,

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tension ['tenʃən]

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n. 紧张,拉力,张力,紧张状态,[电]电压

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movement ['mu:vmənt]

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n. 活动,运动,移动,[音]乐章

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skeptical ['skeptikəl]

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adj. 怀疑的

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transport [træns'pɔ:t]

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n. 运输、运输工具;(常用复数)强烈的情绪(狂喜或狂怒

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cherry ['tʃeri]

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n. 樱桃(树), 樱桃色

 
limited ['limitid]

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adj. 有限的,被限制的
动词limit的过

 
rigid ['ridʒid]

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adj. 僵硬的,刻板的,严格的

 

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