Implementation of the new asylum law: Collected news items



30.08.2017
Sexual orientation and gender identity as reasons for asylum

There is no legal basis in Switzerland for the special treatment of asylum seekers who are persecuted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. But according to Art. 3 Para. 1 of the Asylum Act (AsylA) refugees are defined as people who...


30.12.2015
Swiss Dublin practice under fire: why Swiss authorities still deport refugees back to Italy

Since August 2015, Italy has not been responding to readmission requests from Switzerland. But Swiss authorities continue to send refugees back if there is any evidence that they have entered Switzerland via Italy. In some cases asylum seekers in...


14.08.2013
Is the designation of off-limit areas for asylum seekers in Bremgarten a violation of basic rights?

The asylum seekers living temporarily in barracks in Bremgarten in the Canton of Aargau are not allowed to move around freely. The new facility is operated by the Federal Office for Migration (FOM). The FOM had signed an agreement with the town of...


25.01.2012
Non-treatment of asylum applications of Iraqi refugees: FOM acted unlawfully

An inquiry commissioned by the Federal Council found out that Swiss authorities never treated applications for asylum of Iraqis which were submitted at the embassies in Egypt and Syria between 2006 and 2008. This is the result of a directive issued...


21.12.2011
Switzerland in Advent: no shelter for asylum seekers

In the past weeks, several newly arriving asylum seekers have been rejected at the doors of the centres of accommodation and provisioning in Basel, Vallorbe and Chiasso. Despite frost and cold, some of them had to spend several nights without shelter...


21.07.2011
Compulsory health insurance also valid for denied asylum seekers

All people in need of assistance in an emergency shall in future be covered compulsorily by health insurance. On 6 July 2011, the Federal Council took this decision in its revision of the Health Insurance Regulations (KVV), reacting to a call from...


11.02.2011
Switzerland refrains from returning refugees to Greece

In its press release of 26 January 2011, the Federal Office for Migration states that the present situation in Greece will lead to an adjustment of the implementation of the Dublin Procedures. As a reaction Switzerland will return to assessing...


30.06.2010
Augenauf calls for an end to forced deportation

On 28 June 2010, the Swiss authorities announced that an undetected heart condition was the cause of death of the 29-year-old Nigerian during the preparations for forced repatriation. According to the post-mortem report by the Institute of Forensic...


02.02.2010
Unaccompanied children disappear in Switzerland

Thousands of children, coming to Europe without their parents, disappear every year from lodging and reception centers without a search procedure being set in motion. In Switzerland too, experts consider that the majority of unaccompanied children...


08.12.2009
Problematic deportation of asylum seekers to Italy and Greece

Switzerland continues to deport asylum seekers towards Italy or Greece according to the Dublin II Agreement that entered into force in December 2008. A report presented in November 2009 by the Swiss Observatory on the Asylum Law and Foreign National...


09.04.2009
The Fahad case and the Dublin Agreement

Swiss authorities have deported an Iraqi asylum seeker who became famous after starring in the Swiss documentary film “The Fortress”. On 2 April 2009, the Federal Department of Justice announced they sent Fahad Khammas back to Sweden in...


27.03.2009
Inacceptable Restrictions in the Asylum Law in Sight

A large coalition of fifty Swiss organisations presented its statement against the restrictions on the Asylum Law and National Act planed by the government. Indeed, the Federal Council has open for comments its revision of the Asylum Law and for...


09.10.2008
First Observations on the Implementation of Asylum and Foreigners’ Laws

On 24 September 2008, on of the Centre for Monitoring the Asylum and Foreigners’ Laws presented its first report. Two years after the adoption by vote by the Swiss population of the revised asylum law and the New Foreigners Act, the...


23.06.2008
Detention Before Expulsion Must be Reduced

On 18 June 2008, the European Parliament adopted new community rules on the repatriation of illegal immigrants. As a future member of the Schengen and Dublin agreements (security and asylum accord), Switzerland has two years to adapt its law, which...


02.11.2007
Asylum seekers without papers: NGO concerned

In the first half of 2007 more than half of the rejections of applications for asylum were due to missing documents  - compared with 9.9 per cent in 2005. This is what the non governmental organisation Swiss Refugee Council (SRC) observed...

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