Advice and legal representation
With the new Asylum Act, which came into force in March 2019, asylum procedures are now being implemented in an accelerated and decentralised manner. The law also provides free legal protection in federal centres for asylum seekers . Legal protection includes advice and legal representation.
Appeals against decisions of the State Secretariat of Migration (SEM) to reject or dismiss asylum applications can be filed with the Federal Administrative Court (FAC).
Over 50 million people worldwide are fleeing from persecution, oppression and threat to life and limb. Only a small portion of them reach Europe and Switzerland.
Switzerland grants protection and a place to stay for individuals who are persecuted and subject to serious disadvantages in their country of origin or who cannot return there for other humanitarian reasons.
All asylum seekers receive a document certifying their presence in Switzerland, known as the N-Permit.
DAWES - Dismiss an Application Without Entering into the Substance of the Case
A decision to dismiss an asylum application means the authorities will not examine it in depth.
The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of 90 NGOs protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons. Its mission is to promote the establishment of fair and humane European asylum policies and practices in accordance with international human rights law.
Ein JA zu fairen und korrekten Asylverfahren
Die Schweizerische Flüchtlingshilfe SFH begrüsst die Annahme des revidierten Asylgesetzes. Damit hat sich die schweizerische Stimmbevölkerung für eine konstruktive und vorausblickende Asylpolitik und gegen die Problembewirtschaftung der SVP ausgesprochen. Die SFH wird die Umsetzung des Gesetzes begleiten und kritisch beobachten. Zudem fordert sie nun eine Integrationsoffensive, damit Flüchtlinge und vorläufig Aufgenommene rasch integriert werden können.
According to the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation (Federal Constitution), asylum seekers who are rejected in a decision not to grant them asylum or in a decision to dismiss their application and who must leave Switzerland have a guaranteed right to obtain emergency aid until their departure.
Asylum seekers, dismissed asylum seekers and temporarily admitted individuals who constitute a case of serious personal hardship can receive a residence permit from the canton in which they are living.
Only a very small number of humanitarian visas are currently being issued in Switzerland. Here you will find all the important information on humanitarian visas.
Persons who have lodged an application for asylum in Switzerland obtain a different legal status depending on the outcome of the asylum procedure. Foreign nationals are entitled to certain rights based on their status.
Obstacles to Removal
The rejection of an asylum application does not automatically mean that the person has to leave Switzerland.
Procédure test prévue en Suisse romande
Après des années de discussion sur la restructuration du domaine de l’asile, le Parlement a procédé, en septembre 2015, à un changement de paradigmes visant surtout à réduire durablement la durée de la procédure. La nouvelle procédure d’asile a déjà été testée à Zurich. En juin 2016, le peuple a adopté la nouvelle loi à une large majorité. Une deuxième exploitation test est maintenant prévue en Suisse romande.
Social Aid Representation
Staff from the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) asks asylum seekers to explain the reason that they fled. The Asylum Act stipulates that these hearings be conducted in the presence of a representative from a recognised social aid organisation (Art. 30 AsylA).
Undue protection restrictions for temporary admission beneficiaries
ECRE News: The Swiss Federal Council has published a report examining the application of the status of temporary admission. The report found that temporary admission negatively impacted beneficiaries’ access to rights and integration in practice. Temporary admission is a national protection status in Switzerland, different from subsidiary protection provided in the EU asylum acquis.