Safe country of origin


Country Report: Safe country of origin Last updated: 30/06/23


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The Federal Council is responsible for designating states in which, on the basis of its findings, there is protection against persecution,[1] as safe countries of origin.[2] In such a case, SEM usually issues a decision of inadmissibility without further investigations. The time limit for an appeal in these cases is 5 working days.[3] The common list of safe countries of origin and safe third countries is published in the Annex 2 of Asylum Ordinance 1 on procedural aspects (AO1).[4] It currently includes:

  • EU and EEA Member States (all together 57 asylum applications in 2022);
  • Albania (47 asylum applications);
  • Benin (8 asylum applications);
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina (25 asylum applications);
  • Burkina Faso (12 asylum applications);
  • Georgia (735 asylum applications);
  • Ghana (13 asylum applications);
  • India (33 asylum applications);
  • Kosovo (61 asylum applications);
  • Moldova, excluding Transnistria (16 asylum applications);
  • Mongolia (10 asylum applications);
  • Montenegro (14 asylum applications);
  • North Macedonia (108 asylum applications);
  • Senegal (34 asylum applications);
  • Serbia (59 asylum applications);
  • UK (3 asylum applications).[5]




[1] With regard to the determination of a home country or country of origin as certain of persecution, the factors taken into account are: the political stability; the political stability; the observance of human rights; the assessment of other EU and EFTA Member States and the UNHCR and other country-specific peculiarities (Article 2 AO1).

[2] Article 6a(2)(a) AsylA.

[3] Article 108(3) AsylA.

[4] Annex 2 AO1, available in French (and German and Italian) at:

[5] SEM, asylum statistics (7-20), available at:

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