Irregular migrants: Collected news items



21.12.2011
Marriage ban for irregular migrants - Federal Supreme Court clarifies

The implementation of the new provisions of the Swiss Civil Code for the fight against bogus marriages is problematic since rejected asylum seekers and irregular migrants cannot be denied the right to marriage (Art.12 ECHR) systematically. The Swiss...


16.03.2011
Hardship cases regulation collides with children’s rights

Families living in Switzerland without valid residence permit have the possibility to legalise their stay under certain conditions under the hardship case regulation. The legal criteria for hardship cases provide the cantons with an extensive scope...


16.09.2010
Access to apprenticeships for young irregular migrants

As of 1 February 2013, it shall be possible for young irregular migrants to complete an apprenticeship under certain conditions. As part of the implementation of Luc Barthassat’s parliamentary motion, the Federal Council has decided to amend...


14.07.2010
Irregular migrants to be barred from marriage

As from 1 January 2011, people planning to marry in Switzerland will have to provide proof of their legitimate right to stay. The Federal Council has decided that the respective articles changed in the Swiss Civil Code (Art. 98 Para. 4 and Art. 99...


18.07.2008
«Sans-Papiers, you have rights!»

«Sans-Papiers, you have rights!» is the subtitle of a leaflet informing undocumented migrants - so-called illegal - on their rights. It is produced by the Trade Union Unia and the Information Centre for Sans-Papier of the...


18.07.2008
Medical care for undocumented migrants

Foreigners living in Switzerland without valid residence permit are usually completely shut off from medical care, because of their illegal status. For fear of the police or other officials, they often wait too long before consulting a doctor or a...


04.12.2007
Council of Europe recommends regularisation of irregular migrants

A large number of people, estimations speak of 5.5 million, live in European countries without valid documentation. They live in very precarious situations and are prone to have their rights violated. In its recommendation 1807, which had been...

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