Country Report

Country Report: Switzerland Last updated: 10/07/24


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The 2023 update of this report was written by Adriana Romer, Okan Manav, Laura Rezzonico, Lucia Della Torre, Helen Zemp, Teresia Gordzielik, Thais Silva Agostini, and Esther Omlin, legal unit of the Swiss Refugee Council, and was edited by ECRE.

This report draws on jurisprudence of the Federal Administrative Court, publicly available statistics by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), press releases of the SEM and the Federal Council, information and statistics provided by the SEM upon request, newspaper articles, documents from the political process, and the experience of the Swiss Refugee Council from its daily work in different functions, especially the coordination of the different legal advisory offices.

The Swiss Refugee Council would like to thank the organisations and authorities that provided us with information for the purpose of this report.

The information in this report is up-to-date as of 31 December 2023, unless otherwise stated.


To access the report, you can download the full report (in PDF version) above or navigate through the Table of Contents on the right column.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection