Risks of asylum cuts.

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The number of people living in Switzerland illegally would increase if new measures to stop welfare benefits for rejected asylum applicants are taken, warn support groups. However, the Swiss government believes that the move will ease pressure on the system by deterring bogus asylum seekers from coming to the country.

The new measures, which came into force early April, are being implemented by the Federal Office for Refugees as part of a controversial government savings plan, which aims to cut public spending by CHF3.3 billion ($2.6 billion)

The budget for the asylum sector is one of the...

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