Number of staff and nature of the first instance authority

Switzerland

Country Report: Number of staff and nature of the first instance authority Last updated: 14/05/21

Author

Swiss Refugee Council Visit Website

Name in English Number of staff Ministry responsible Is there any political interference possible by the responsible Minister with the decision making in individual cases by the determining authority?
State Secretariat for Migration

(Asylum Department)

628 Federal Department of Justice and Police   No

Source: SEM, 27 April 2021.

The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is responsible for examining applications for international protection and competent to take decisions at first instance. It falls under the responsibility of the Federal Department of Justice and Police. The guidelines and circulars of the SEM relating to the asylum procedure are publicly accessible and can be consulted online.[1]

The SEM employs 1,232 officials, who work not only on asylum but also other areas in the field of migration such as immigration or integration. Out of them, 628 officials worked in the Asylum Department as of December 2020. The number of caseworkers examining applications for international protection is not available. Every single asylum decision is double checked by the head of unit (Sektionschef) or his/her deputy. There is also a Quality Management team at the HQ, but they only check a representative selection of decisions in order to improve the processes and contents of decisions.

 

[1]  SEM, Guidelines and circulars, available in French at: https://bit.ly/2lRH7nn. A handbook for SEM employees providing useful information on Swiss law and practice is also available online in French and German at: https://bit.ly/2J0U22t.

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