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Swiss Government Plans to Tighten Laws Affecting Refugees

Asserting that the laws covering refugees in Switzerland are no longer being enforced, the Swiss Government is contemplating a drastic application of these measures, it was reported here today from Zurich and Bern.

The major law, which was promulgated Oct, 17, 1939, required that every person clandestinely crossing the frontier be expelled. It was relaxed in 1940 after the Nazi occupation of France, Norway, Denmark and the Low Countries, when it became obvious that an expulsion might mean death to the expelled, and recently when many Jews from France crossed into Switzerland in order to escape deportation to Nazi territories in Eastern Europe. Instead of being expelled, the illegal entrants were interned in camps which, the Swiss authorities declare, now contain 5,800 refugees.