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May 1, 2023

Switzerland to Create Additional Accommodation Places Due to Large Influx

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to create additional accommodation places due to the growing number of asylum requests.

The Council has revealed that between 1,600 and 1,800 asylum applications were registered in the Swiss system this year. At the same time, the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) expects around 27,000 asylum requests in total in 2023, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to the Federal Council, Switzerland currently has around 66,000 Ukrainian refugees with S protection status living in its territory.

The authority also emphasises that additional collective structures should be created in time, so that Switzerland can accommodate all people seeking protection and avoid additional burdens on the cantons in the second half of this year.

In order to cover the maximum demand expected in the fall of this year and to be able to replace the army facilities that are no longer available, the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) is developing a general strategy and a concept for creating temporary accommodation.

Moreover, the Federal Council has asked the European Parliament for a loan of 132.9 million CHF as a precautionary measure. It also approved the corresponding additional loan from SEM for the federal budget for 2023.

Previously, SEM data revealed that during March a total of 1,893 asylum requests were registered in Switzerland, which is an increase of 12.6 per cent or 212 more than in February.

Based on this data, compared to March of last year, the number of asylum requests has increased by 580. During this period, SEM also has granted 2,215 S protection statuses for Ukrainian refugees.

Meanwhile, in February of this year, Swiss authorities registered a total of 1,681 requests for asylum, which is less than a month ago, but more than in the same period of the previous year.

As the SEM figures pointed out, Switzerland recorded 842 fewer asylum requests during February compared to January 2023, thus marking a decrease of 33.4 per cent. However, compared to February 2022, the number of applications has increased by 377 this year.

Meanwhile, SEM closed January 2023 with a total of 2,523 asylum requests. This figure shows that there has been a noticeable decrease of 6.3 for each number of asylum applications compared to December 2022, during which month 169 fewer applications were also submitted.

The largest number of asylum requests submitted in January 2023 consisted of citizens from Afghanistan, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco and Eritrea.