Statistics

Switzerland

Country Report: Statistics Last updated: 30/11/20

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Overview of statistical practice

 

The SEM publishes detailed statistics on the number of asylum applications and types of decisions on a monthly and a yearly basis. SEM statistics include figures on the application of the Dublin Regulation.[1]

Based on the yearly statistics provided by the SEM, the figures below, especially the asylum and temporary admission rates, are the result of a calculation methodology that differs from that used by the Swiss authorities. The Swiss Refugee Council calculates recognition rates based only on the number of decisions on the merits rendered by the SEM at first instance, without considering the inadmissibility decisions or the “radiations” cases for the total of decisions, insofar as these do not include an examination on the merits of these asylum claims.[2]

 

Applications and granting of protection status at first instance: 2019

 

Applicants in 2019

Pending at end 2019

Asylum

Temporary admission

Rejection

Asylum rate

Temp. Adm. rate

Rejection rate

Total

14,269

8,377

5,551

5,021

3,949

38%

35%

27%

 

Breakdown by countries of origin of the total numbers

 

Eritrea

2,899

527

2,797

714

567

67%

17%

14%

Afghanistan

1,397

994

374

1,374

83

20%

73%

4%

Turkey

1,287

1,598

633

45

164

71%

5%

18%

Syria

1,100

901

654

1,243

183

30%

58%

9%

Algeria

826

118

3

3

203

1%

1%

44%

Sri Lanka

721

749

307

85

548

31%

9%

56%

Georgia

601

114

0

15

301

0%

4%

72%

Iraq

550

447

105

289

144

18%

49%

24%

Iran

539

719

112

86

323

20%

15%

57%

Somalia

427

207

170

382

74

26%

58%

11%

Source: SEM, Asylum Statistics 2019, available at: https://bit.ly/2HwScSx.

 

 

Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2019

 

Number

Percentage

Total number of applicants

14,269

100%

Men

9,013

63%

Women

5,256

37%

Children

5,934

42%

Unaccompanied children

441

3%

Source: SEM, Information provided on 12 February 2020.

 

 

Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates:

 

In the period from 1 March 2019 to 29 February 2020, the Federal Administrative Court revoked 15% of the negative decisions issued by the determining authority under the new procedure and subject to appeal for additional investigative measures, whereas this rate was 6.5% for decisions under the former system. The Court points out that the majority of these cases concerned failures to establish the facts relating to the grounds for asylum but also the investigation of medical problems. Concerning decisions on the merits, 6% of all appeals lodged during the same period under the new procedure were partially or totally admitted by the Court.[3]



[1] SEM, Statistiques en matière d’asile, available at: http://bit.ly/2DnrgAV

[2] This calculation method is also used by Vivre Ensemble, available at: https://bit.ly/3akVNPW.

[3] TAF, Asile: le TAF respecte globalement les nouveaux délais, 23 March 2020, available (in French) at: https://bit.ly/3dPZZK4.

 

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