How the Swiss asylum system works

Switzerland has a long humanitarian tradition but who can apply for asylum in the country and how?

Switzerland boasts of a long humanitarian tradition and in fact deals with relatively more asylum requests than other European countries, given the size of the population. Even if few asylum seekers receive official refugee status many are granted different kinds of temporary permits allowing them to stay. With such a permit they might get help with living costs and finding a job, but the road to integration is a long one. In this “Switzerland Explained” video, find out how the asylum process works and what conditions for asylum-seekers in Switzerland are like.

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