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Help for persons seeking protection in Switzerland

What happens upon arrival to Switzerland? Who is granted asylum? Am I allowed to work? Where can I live? What duties do I have to perform? What rights do I have?

Here you will find answers and important information about the asylum procedure and your stay in Switzerland.

Asylum Procedure in a Nutshell

A simple explanation of the Swiss asylum procedure. Information sheets in 20 languages.

“La Suisse terre d’asile” (in French) is an information brochure from the legal aid unit of the Swiss Refugee Council for people involved in asylum procedures. This brochure tells you who is considered a refugee, what the legal basis is, how the asylum procedure in Switzerland works and what institutions and authorities are responsible.

Here you find a diagram showing the various steps in the Swiss asylum procedure (in French).