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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Without Immigrants, Swiss Soccer Stars Would Have a Lot of Ground to Cover

Writing in the German newspaper Die Welt on Tuesday, the journalist Sebastian Jost suggested that the anti-immigrant mood in Switzerland was perverse, given that immigration appeared to account for much of the country’s recent economic growth.

As the blogger Alberto Nardelli noted, the newspaper found a novel way to illustrate this point â€" with a photomontage that deleted seven of the 11 players who represent Switzerland in soccer but might never have become Swiss citizens at all had this week’s referendum restricting immigration taken place a few years earlier.

The missing players are the children of immigrants from Turkey, Bosnia, Italy, Kosovo and Macedonia. The Swiss squad that will represent the nation at the World Cup in Brazil this summer also includes players of Croatian and Cape Verdean descent.

Robert Mackey also remixes the news on Twitter @robertmackey.