Reception Conditions


Country Report: Reception Conditions Last updated: 14/05/21


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Both the Confederation and the cantons are responsible for providing material reception conditions to asylum seekers, depending on whether the person is in a federal or a cantonal reception centre. The first phase of the asylum procedure usually takes place in one of the 6 federal registration and processing centres (and their related remote locations), regulated under federal legislation. Asylum seekers stay in a federal centre for up to 140 days, and are then allocated to a canton (see section on Freedom of Movement).


A. Access and forms of reception conditions

  1. Criteria and restrictions to access reception conditions

  2. Forms and levels of material reception conditions

  3. Reduction or withdrawal of reception conditions

  4. Freedom of movement

B. Housing

  1. Types of accommodation

  2. Conditions in reception facilities

C. Employment and education

  1. Access to the labour market

  2. Access to education

D. Health care

E. Special reception needs of vulnerable groups

F. Information for asylum seekers and access to reception centres

  1. Provision of information on reception

  2. Access to reception centres by third parties

G. Differential treatment of specific nationalities in reception

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