Press Release (22.03.2019 - FDJP)

Safeguarding relations between Switzerland and the UK in the field of migration post Brexit

At its meeting on 22 March the Federal Council took three decisions to safeguard good relations between Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK) in the field of migration in the event of the UK’s disorderly withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Firstly the Federal Council opened consultation proceedings on the agreement on acquired rights, which has already been signed. It also adopted a revision of the Ordinance on Admission, Period of Stay and Employment (ASEO) with a separate quota for UK nationals. Lastly the Federal Council decided that UK nationals would be exempt from the requirement to obtain a visa to enter Switzerland after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Press Release (25.02.2019 - SEM)

Signing of agreement between Switzerland and the UK on citizens’ rights

Switzerland and the United Kingdom are safeguarding the existing rights of their citizens for the time when the UK is no longer a member of the EU. As part of the Federal Council’s Mind the gap strategy, State Secretary Mario Gattiker and his British counterpart, Parliamentary Under-Secretary Christopher Heaton-Harris, signed an agreement in Bern.

Press Release (13.02.2019 - FDJP)

Quotas for UK citizens in the event of a disorderly withdrawal from the EU

The Federal Council aims to safeguard its close bilateral relations with the United Kingdom after Brexit. At its meeting on 13 February, it decided on arrangements for the admission of British citizens in the event of the United Kingdom’s disorderly withdrawal from the European Union. A separate quota of permits will be made available for British citizens who wish to come to Switzerland to work after 30 March 2019. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will draft amendments to the Ordinance on Admission, Period of Stay and Employment (ASEO) by the end of March.

Press Release (20.12.2018 - FDJP)

Brexit: Switzerland and the UK guarantee citizens’ existing rights

At its meeting on 19 December, the Federal Council approved an agreement with the United Kingdom (UK) on the rights of citizens following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit). The agreement safeguards the rights of Swiss and UK nationals acquired under the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (e.g. residence rights). This measure is part of the Swiss government’s ‘Mind the Gap’ strategy, the purpose of which is to ensure the acquired rights and obligations of citizens after Brexit.

Press Release (06.08.2018 - FDJP)

Switzerland and Sri Lanka establish a migration partnership

On 6 August, Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Colombo with Sri Lankan Interior Minister Seneviratne Bandara Nawinne with a view to establishing a migration partnership. By signing this MoU, Switzerland and Sri Lanka are reaffirming their intention to continue to facilitate and expand cooperation between the two countries. Switzerland has already established migration partnerships with five other countries. The agreement with Sri Lanka is the first concluded with an Asian country.

Press Release (05.08.2018 - FDJP)

Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga's Four-Day Working Visit to Sri Lanka

Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), is traveling to Sri Lanka for a four-day working visit to intensify cooperation between the two countries. She is keen to see for herself Switzerland’s activities in various areas such as reconciliation, dealing with the past and strengthening of the rule of law in the country. Also on the agenda are the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a migration partnership and various meetings with government and civil society representatives.

Information (27.04.2018 - SEM)

Migration Report 2017

The 2017 Migration Report provides an insight into the State Secretariat for Migration’s wide range of activities and highlights the latest topics of interest.

Press Release (05.04.2018 - SEM)

Migration: Ignazio Cassis signs readmission agreement with Mongolia

Switzerland and Mongolia signed two agreements on Thursday following a meeting between Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and Mongolian Foreign Minister Damdin Tsogtbaatar in Ulaanbaatar. Both ministers confirmed the excellent relations between the two countries at the meeting. By signing the readmission agreement, Mongolia has pledged to take back any of its citizens living in Switzerland without a permit. The second agreement will exempt Swiss and Mongolian diplomats from the visa requirement in both countries.

Press Release (28.03.2018 - FDJP)

Consultation on a second Swiss contribution to EU-13 countries

At its meeting on 28 March 2018, the Federal Council decided to initiate the consultation procedure on a second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states. With this contribution, Switzerland aims to continue to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the EU member states. Last year, the Federal Council set two priorities for this contribution: vocational education and training and migration.

Press Release (07.06.2017 - SEM)

Switzerland and Ukraine strengthen bilateral relations

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, spent Wednesday, the second day of his visit to Ukraine, in discussions focused on strengthening bilateral relations, Swiss aid, efforts to ensure peace in Ukraine and strengthening cooperation in the field of migration. Mr Burkhalter met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkine, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Vadym Chernysh, and representatives of the Ukrainian civil society.

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