A safe haven

For some, asylum seekers are a drain on the economy and a threat to social stability; for others, helping them is a cornerstone of Switzerland’s humanitarian tradition.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, shaking hands with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter in Geneva in January 2017
Welcome to Switzerland: a border guard and migrant in Chiasso
Many foreigners are fleeing the US for Canada, sometimes straight into the arms of Canadian police at the border.
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The political debate
Workshops in Lausanne and six other Swiss cities generated ideas that help promote a fresh approach of the country's immigration policy

Slow return Sending rejected asylum seekers home

When a request for asylum is rejected, the applicant is supposed to leave the country straight away. Not everybody does, and there are vast ...

A drawing of the October 3, 2013 tragedy by a Lampedusa school child.
Sommaruga, left, and Asselborn, right, toured a new asylum centre in Zurich
Two participants in a food service apprenticeship for refugees show off their creations. Launched in 2006 on a national level, the programme now continues to be run by canton Lucerne.
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