Access and forms of reception conditions


Country Report: Access and forms of reception conditions Last updated: 30/06/23


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A. Access and forms of reception conditions contains sections on:

  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

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 takes place in one of the 6 federal asylum centres with procedural facilities, and can be followed by transfer to a federal asylum centre without procedural facilities.[1] Asylum seekers stay in federal centres for up to 140 days, and are then allocated to a canton (see section on Freedom of Movement).[2]




[1] The setup of federal reception and processing centres is foreseen by Article 26 AsylA; the Ordinance of the FDJP on the management of federal reception centres in the field of asylum (the Ordinance of the FDJP) provides operating rules for all federal centres; further internal rules are applied in each centre.

[2] Article 24(4) AsylA.

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