The LDS Church has issued a news release concerning recent news that Switzerland would no longer allow missionaries from non-European countries beginning in 2012. The reasoning behind the ban has little or NOTHING to do with religion, interestingly enough.
According to the SL Trib:
Switzerland entered into an accord with the European Union in 2002 that allows European nationals to seek employment in the country while restricting work permits for citizens of other countries, according to a report by Swissinfo.ch. A recent court ruling found that missionaries are considered “gainfully employed” and subject to the accord.
Said the LDS hierarchy:
“The Church has a long history in Switzerland dating back to 1850. We hope a solution can be found that allows missionaries, regardless of their country of origin, to continue to serve the Swiss people.”