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.
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.
Press Release (17.05.2017 - FDJP)Federal Council adopts dispatch on European Border and Coast Guard
During its meeting on 17 May 2017, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the adoption and implementation of the EU regulation on the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency. This regulation forms the basis for reinforcing the protection of external borders and returns of illegally staying third-country nationals in the Schengen area.
Information (11.05.2017 - SEM)Migration Report 2016
The 2016 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 (16.12.2016 - FDJP)Switzerland ratifies Croatia protocol
Bern. Switzerland has ratified the protocol extending the free movement of persons to Croatia. On 17 June this year, the Federal Assembly authorised the Federal Council to ratify Protocol III extending the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) to Croatia, subject to a specific condition. After Parliament passed the act implementing Article 121a of the Federal Constitution, the Federal Council concluded that this condition had been fulfilled. At its meeting on 16 December 2016, it therefore authorised the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), in cooperation with the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), to confirm the ratification of Protocol III to the EU. This also means the precondition has been met for Switzerland to participate fully in the Horizon 2020 research programme.
Press Release (10.10.2016 - SEM)Switzerland and Azerbaijan strengthen their relations with two new agreements
Bern. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), received his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Bern during an official visit. At this meeting the ministers signed two agreements to strengthen cooperation between Switzerland and Azerbaijan on readmissions and visas. They also addressed various bilateral issues, economic ones in particular, and discussed several regional and international matters.
Press Release (19.09.2016 - FDJP)UN issues declaration on refugees and migration
Bern. Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga represented Switzerland on Monday at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York. The states want to meet the challenges posed by large movements of refugees and migrants more effectively and issued a political declaration on this issue. Federal Councillor Sommaruga stressed that Switzerland wants to play an active role in implementing the goals agreed at the summit in New York.
Press Release (04.03.2016 - FDJP)Federal Council submits draft legislation to manage immigration
Bern. On Friday the Federal Council submitted to Parliament several pieces of draft legislation to implement the constitutional provisions on immigration. The Federal Council is continuing to push for a mutually agreed solution with the EU. Since it has not yet been possible to reach an agreement with the EU, however, as announced, the Federal Council is now proposing a unilateral safeguard clause to control immigration that will allow it to fix annual limits if immigration exceeds a certain level. To better utilise the resident workforce, the Federal Council also wants it to be easier for people from the asylum system who are allowed to remain in Switzerland to find employment. At the same time it approved an amendment to the Foreign Nationals Act which prevents foreign jobseekers from accessing social welfare. The Federal Council also adopted the dispatch on the extension of the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (FMPA) to Croatia. Ratification of the Croatia protocol is a requirement for Switzerland to continue to take part in the Horizon 2020 framework programme for research.
Press Release (01.03.2016 - SEM)Switzerland to participate in the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)
Berne. Switzerland’s participation in the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) strengthens cooperation with Dublin states on asylum matters and is therefore in Switzerland’s interest. A corresponding agreement with the European Union comes into effect today.
Information (15.01.2016 - SEM)Confiscation of assets part of Swiss law for 20 years
The Swiss authorities have the right to confiscate part of the assets belonging to persons seeking asylum. This ensures that persons seeking asylum make a small contribution to the costs incurred in relation to their stay in Switzerland. This practice is based on a well-established principle: other people living in Switzerland must reimburse the costs that they occasion to the social assistance fund. Personal items such as wedding rings are not confiscated.
Press Release (21.12.2015 - FDJP)Switzerland–EU: Consultations on free movement of persons to intensify
Berne. President Simonetta Sommaruga met European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the Council Jean Asselborn for a working meeting in Brussels on Monday. The three agreed to continue and intensify consultations on the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons. Both sides aim to reach a mutually acceptable solution that complies with both the Swiss Constitution and the Agreement on Free Movement.
Press Release (16.12.2015 - SEM)USA to simplify entry requirements for Swiss frequent travellers
Bern. Switzerland and the USA on Wednesday signed a declaration of intent on Switzerland’s participation in the United States’ Global Entry programme. In future, Swiss citizens who qualify will also be able to take part in the programme and thus benefit from simplified entry procedures at American airports.
Press Release (04.12.2015 - FDJP)Controlling immigration: Federal Council decides on safeguard clause
Bern. The Federal Council today discussed how immigration can be managed so as to comply with constitutional requirements. It made a number of preliminary decisions, taking account of the results of consultations on the draft of new legislation on foreign nationals: the Federal Council is looking to apply a safeguard clause in order to control the immigration of persons covered by the Agreement on the free movement of persons with the European Union (EU). To do so, it will seek a mutually acceptable solution with the EU. In the event that it is unable to reach agreement with the EU in time, the Federal Council has, in a parallel move, instructed the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) to draft a dispatch on a unilateral safeguard clause. This dispatch should be ready by the beginning of March 2016. The Federal Council will consider measures to enhance the potential of the domestic workforce and tackle labour market abuses at its meeting on 18 December.
Press Release (23.10.2015 - FDJP)President Sommaruga to pay official working visit to Ethiopia
Bern. Ethiopia and Switzerland want to further intensify and strengthen their good bilateral relations. It is with this aim that a Swiss delegation led by President Simonetta Sommaruga will be traveling to Addis Ababa this weekend.
Press Release (11.02.2015 - FDJP)Controlling immigration: Federal Council approves draft legislation and negotiating mandate
Berne. On 9 February 2014, Swiss citizens voted for Switzerland to control and restrict immigration autonomously and at the same time for an amendment to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons with the European Union (EU), while safeguarding Switzerland’s overall economic interests. On Wednesday, the Federal Council took various decisions on the implementation of the new constitutional provisions. It approved the draft of the new legislation on foreign nationals and additional measures to make better use of the potential workforce within Switzerland. It also made a final decision on the negotiating mandate with the EU on the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons.
Press Release (31.07.2014 - SEM)Migration Report 2013 published
Bern. Restructuring in the asylum sector, a week of action against trafficking in human beings, and the admission of groups of Syrian refugees are just some of the issues that the Federal Office for Migration (FOM) dealt with in 2013. The Migration Report 2013, which was published today, contains numbers and statistics, along with reports on the FOM's various activities.
Press Release (04.07.2014 - SEM)Switzerland and IGAD sign framework agreement on partnership and cooperation
Bern. The Swiss ambassador in Ethiopia, Andrea Semadeni, and the executive secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Mahboub Maalim, have signed a framework agreement on partnership and cooperation between Switzerland and IGAD today in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which comes into force with today's signing, provides for increased cooperation between Switzerland and IGAD in the Horn of Africa in food security, migration, peace and security, as well as in the field of science.
Press Release (20.06.2014 - FDJP)Federal Council presents concept for implementing the new article on immigration
Bern. On Friday, the Federal Council approved the concept for implementing the new article of the Federal Constitution on immigration. The concept outlines how the Federal Council will set the quantitative limits and quotas for controlling migration to Switzerland from February 2017. The Federal Council will base its decision not only on the needs reported by the cantons, but also on the analyses of an advisory committee. Social partners will also be consulted. Quotas will apply to all types of permit valid for four months or more. To meet the needs of the labour market, it is planned to foster and exploit the potential of the workforce already available in Switzerland. The proposals are set out in the Federal Council's concept for implementing the new provisions of the Constitution on immigration. In the concept, which it approved on Friday, the Federal Council lays down important benchmarks for the draft legislation due to follow at the end of year.
Press Release (26.05.2014 - SEM)Arrest of two asylum seekers in Sri Lanka: results of review process now available
Bern. In the summer of 2013, two Sri Lankan nationals whose asylum applications had been rejected in Switzerland were arrested upon their return to Sri Lanka. The Federal Office for Migration (FOM) immediately responded at the time and ordered a suspension of all removal orders relating to Sri Lankan nationals. At the same time, it launched an internal and external review process to determine how the asylum applications from these two Sri Lankan nationals had been handled. Assessors identified shortcomings at various stages in the handling of both asylum applications. The combination of these factors resulted in an incorrect assessment of the personal risk to which the asylum seekers were exposed. The FOM regrets the outcome in both cases. The reports drafted upon completion of this review process suggest various corrective measures that the FOM has already begun implementing or has already implemented. The FOM has also adapted its practices for the granting of asylum and the issuance of removal orders for Sri Lankan nationals to reflect the current situation. The safeguards are now in place for suspension of removal orders to be lifted. All asylum seekers for whom a removal order had been issued will now have their asylum applications re-examined on the basis of updated criteria enabling determination of their current level of risk.
Press Release (01.04.2014 - SEM)Switzerland-Nigeria: a migration partnership that has evolved in three years
Bern. Over three years after Switzerland and Nigeria signed their migration partnership agreement, the delegations of these two countries met today in Abuja for the 5th technical committee meeting. One of the main points of discussion was Switzerland's recently launched regional migration and development programme in West Africa, for which Nigeria is one of the main beneficiaries. The meeting also enabled follow-up of the June 2013 joint action plan to counter irregular migration, improve police cooperation and assess progress made in various projects.
Press Release (26.03.2014 - FDJP)New system for immigration: Federal Council discusses next steps
Berne. On Wednesday, the Federal Council discussed next steps with regard to the various EU-policy dossiers, following the adoption of the "against mass immigration" initiative. It has mandated the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) to enter into consultations with the European Union, in cooperation with the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) and in agreement with other departments concerned. In particular clarification must be obtained on how discrimination against Croatia can be avoided.
Press Release (03.03.2014 - FDJP)Federal Councillor Sommaruga informs EU about new constitutional provisions on immigration
Bern. Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, the head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), travelled to Brussels on Monday to inform the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) about the implementation of Switzerland's new constitutional provisions on immigration. She explained that voters in Switzerland had come out in favour of a change of system involving quotas. Switzerland has three years in which to implement the provisions and seek a solution with the EU. The agreement on the free movement of persons will be applied in full until that time.
Press Release (12.02.2014 - FDJP)New system for immigration: Federal Council sets out steps towards implementation
Berne. The Federal Council took a number of initial decisions on Wednesday with regard to implementing the new constitutional provisions on immigration. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will work with the Departments of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) to draw up an implementation plan by the end of June. A draft law will be presented by the end of the year. At the same time the Federal Council will hold exploratory talks with the European Union (EU) with a view to conducting negotiations on the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) and to clarify the situation with regard to other bilateral negotiations already under way.
Press Release (09.02.2014 - FDJP)Change in immigration system: Yes to popular initiative aimed at stopping mass immigration
Bern. The Swiss population has adopted a popular initiative aimed at stopping mass immigration. This brings with it a change of system in Switzerland’s immigration policy. The new constitutional provisions require that immigration be restricted by means of quantitative limits and quotas. The Federal Council will set to work on implementing these without delay.
Press Release (29.11.2013 - FDJP)Temporary visa facilitation for Syrian nationals lifted
Bern. On 4 September 2013, the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) ordered an easing of visa requirements for Syrian nationals with relatives in Switzerland. This measure was aimed at facilitating temporary stay for war-afflicted relatives of Syrians living in Switzerland. As most of the relatives who were in direct need and therefore entitled to facilitated visa requirements have since made use of the measure, the directive was lifted on Friday by the FDJP.
Press Release (25.11.2013 - FDJP)Federal Council recommends rejection of the "Stop mass immigration" Initiative
Bern. The Federal Council recommends the rejection of the "Stop mass immigration” Initiative, which is being put to a popular vote on 9 February 2014. The initiative calls for quotas for all foreign nationals. This would be a reversal of the current proven system of admission and would make it difficult for businesses to recruit the staff they require from abroad. Furthermore, it would jeopardise the bilateral agreements and consequently relations with the European Union.
Press Release (23.10.2013 - FDJP)Federal Council rejects Ecopop Initiative
Bern. The Federal Council has issued a dispatch on the federal popular initiative entitled ‘Stop overpopulation – safeguard our natural environment’. Parliament is requested to put the initiative to the vote among the electorate and cantons, with the recommendation to reject the proposal. Furthermore, no direct counter-proposal to the initiative is made. When it presented its discussion paper on 29 May 2013, the Federal Council was already of the opinion that the objectives and content of the initiative could not be reconciled either with Switzerland’s current immigration policy nor with Swiss practice in international development cooperation.
Press Release (03.10.2013 - SEM)Sri Lanka provides reason for detention of two former asylum seekers
Bern. The Sri Lankan authorities have accused two failed asylum seekers detained in Sri Lanka of taking part in activities in the service of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), initial investigations suggest. The two men had been deported from Switzerland and were immediately taken into custody on their return to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan authorities have agreed in principle to allow Swiss representatives to visit the two men in custody.
Press Release (04.09.2013 - FDJP)Easing of visa requirements for relatives of Syrian nationals living in Switzerland
Bern. Given the dramatic situation in Syria, the head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, has ordered an easing of visa requirements for relatives of Syrian nationals living in Switzerland. Effective immediately, entry visas for relatives of Syrian nationals living in Switzerland will now be issued more quickly and simply.
Press Release (04.09.2013 - SEM)Federal Office for Migration temporarily suspends repatriation to Sri Lanka
Bern. Non-government organisations (NGOs) have recently reported isolated cases of Sri Lankan nationals who have been arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities and tortured on return to their home country. The Federal Office for Migration (FOM) has taken fast and comprehensive action to investigate the cases that have been brought to its attention. The FOM has no factual knowledge to date as to whether and to what extent Sri Lankan returnees have been unlawfully treated. The imminent repatriation of Sri Lankan nationals has been suspended until the results of the investigations are known.
Press Release (18.07.2013 - SEM)Migration Report 2012 published
Bern. The faster processing of asylum applications and the programme against forced marriage are two of the main highlights presented in the Migration Report 2012, which was published today. The public and private sector dialogue on integration of foreign workers is also covered.
Press Release (20.06.2013 - SEM)Progress in the migration partnership between Switzerland and Nigeria, also in the area of asylum and returns
Bern. Today Switzerland and Nigeria have held talks on the migration partnership between the two countries, on the occasion of the visit to Switzerland of Nigerian Secretary of State Martin Uhomoibhi. The discussions covered joint activities and projects in various areas, such as police cooperation and cooperation with the Nigerian diaspora in the area of professional training. The action plan presented by Switzerland with regard to asylum and returns was accepted by Nigeria.
Press Release (24.04.2013 - FDJP)Federal Council invokes safeguard clause for EU-17 and EU-8 states
Bern. In the coming 12 months, workers from EU states will have only restricted access to the Swiss labour market. The Federal Council decided today to invoke the safeguard clause contained in the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons. The quotas apply to category B residence permits for persons from EU-8 states, and, provided the requirements are met by the end of May, from EU-17 states.
Press Release (26.03.2013 - SEM)48-hour procedure extended to Kosovo and Georgia
Bern. Since the 25th March 2013, the Federal Office for Migration has also been applying the 48-hour procedure to asylum seekers from Kosovo and Georgia. Rapid repatriation can be carried out to both countries of origin. In August 2012, the Federal Office for Migration carried out accelerated asylum procedures (48-hour procedure) for people from visa-exempt European countries for the first time. Since then, asylum applications from the nations concerned have declined significantly.
Press Release (26.11.2012 - SEM)Dialogue with Muslims should take place at regional and local levels
Bern. Government officials at cantonal, municipal and communal levels met with Muslims to exchange views in the presence of Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the themes identified during the "Muslim Dialogue" initiated by the Confederation. Participants felt that solutions to specific issues should be found at the local level.
Press Release (07.11.2012 - SEM)Enhanced Migration Partnership between Switzerland and Nigeria
Bern. On 6 November 2012, Martin Uhomoibhi, Secretary of State for the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, received a Swiss delegation headed by Mario Gattiker, director of the Federal Office for Migration, and Claude Wild, head of Human Security of EDA for talks on migration, in Abuja. This was the third meeting within the scope of the migration partnership between Switzerland and Nigeria since its establishment in February 2011. The discussions highlighted the development of the partnership and the progress of the various projects.
Press Release (21.08.2012 - SEM)Special measures for asylum seekers from safe European countries
Bern. The Swiss Federal Office for Migration (BFM) treats asylum seekers from safe European countries with the highest priority. At the reception and administration centre in Basel, an initial decision is made within 48 hours on all cases for which no further information is required after the interview. This helps the BFM to prevent any possible escalation of the situation, and will also guarantee that genuine asylum seekers can find a place in the system during the coming months. During the summer there has again been a marked increase in the number of people seeking asylum from visa-exempt European countries. Almost all such claims are unfounded and lead to bottlenecks in the Swiss asylum centres.
Press Release (18.04.2012 - FDJP)Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons Switzerland – EU: Invocation of the Safeguard Clause with respect to the EU-8 States
Bern. At its meeting today, the Federal Council has decided to invoke the safeguard clause provided for in the Agreement between Switzerland and the EU on the free movement of persons, applying it to the EU-8 Member States. As of 1 May 2012, category B residence permits granted to citizens of these countries will be subject to quotas. Furthermore, the Federal Council has decided to examine additional measures in the domain of accompanying measures and on the issue of integration.
Press Release (07.03.2012 - SEM)Swiss commitment to North Africa, one year later
Bern. Early last year, Switzerland responded quickly to political upheavals in Northern Africa. Realizing that major security, migration and economic interests depend on stable democratic conditions, Switzerland felt the need to actively support the democratic transition process in this region. On 11 March 2011, the Federal Council issued mandates to three Federal Departments to intensify their activities and quickly develop new and tangible support measures. The three Federal Departments were also instructed to act in a coordinated, coherent and complementary fashion. How does the support programme in Northern Africa look one year later and what has Switzerland achieved?
Press Release (01.12.2011 - FDJP)Migration as an opportunity for development
Geneva. High-ranking figures and representatives from some 160 countries are meeting today and tomorrow in a conference in Geneva to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by migration. The event was opened by Federal Councillor and head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) Simonetta Sommaruga. The meeting marks the end of Switzerland's presidency of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
Press Release (18.02.2011 - SEM)Migration: Special Ambassador Eduard Gnesa meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Bern. Eduard Gnesa, Special Ambassador for International Cooperation on Migration Issues, met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to present the concept for Switzerland's 2011 presidency of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
Press Release (14.02.2011 - FDJP)Switzerland and Nigeria sign agreement on migration partnership
Bern. Switzerland and Nigeria signed an agreement today establishing a migration partnership. The agreement was signed when Nigeria's foreign minister, Henry Odein Ajumogobia, officially met with the head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, Simonetta Sommaruga. The meeting was followed by a working lunch with Peter Maurer, the Swiss state secretary for foreign affairs, and a courtesy visit to Micheline Calmy-Rey, the current president of the Confederation and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Press Release (10.11.2010 - SEM)4th Global Forum on Migration and Development – Switzerland to Chair the Forum in 2011
Bern. The 4th Global Forum on Migration and Development is scheduled to take place on 10 and 11 November 2010 in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), where the representatives of some 150 States will hold discussions on how to enhance international cooperation in the domain of migration and development. The Swiss delegation, to be led by Eduard Gnesa, Special Envoy for international cooperation on migration issues, will be preparing Switzerland’s chairmanship of the Forum in 2011.
Press Release (05.11.2010 - SEM)Nigeria and Switzerland concluded Migration Partnership
Bern. Switzerland and Nigeria have today successfully concluded negotiations on a migration partnership between the two countries. This was the highlight of a working visit of the Permanent Secretary of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dr. Martin Uhomoibhi, in Bern, where he met with the State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Peter Maurer, and the Director of the Swiss Federal Office for Migration, Alard du Bois-Reymond.
Press Release (19.05.2010 - FDJP)Signature of a readmission and a visa facilitation agreement with the Republic of Moldova
Bern. Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey flew to Chisinau in the Republic of Moldova on Wednesday, where she will take part in a meeting of Swiss ambassadors from countries in South-East and East Europe. On Wednesday evening she held talks with Iurie Leanca, deputy prime minister and foreign minister of the Republic of Moldova. During the meeting a repatriation agreement and an agreement on visa facilitation were signed.
Press Release (04.03.2010 - FDJP)Signature of a Readmission and a Visa Agreement with Kazakhstan
Bern. Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, signed an agreement on readmissions and on visas between Switzerland and Kazakhstan on Thursday, 4 March 2010, upon the occasion of a working visit to Bern by the Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev. Furthermore, the parties reached an agreement on fiscal issues. Another meeting dedicated to multilateral issues is planned for Friday.
Press Release (21.09.2009 - FDJP)Switzerland and Russia sign Readmission and Visa Facilitation Agreements
Berne. Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, today signed a readmission agreement and an agreement on facilitating the procedure for issuing visas with the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during his state visit to Switzerland. The agreements, which will enter into force at the same time, aim to strengthen co-operation between the two countries in the field of migration.
Press Release (25.05.2009 - SEM)Migration Report 2008
Bern. The Federal Office for Migration (FOM) has published its latest migration report containing the most important facts and figures from 2008. The report also provides an insight into FOM’s various fields of activity and its current tasks.
Press Release (14.03.2008 - FDJP)European policy: Next steps
Message to Parliament submitted on the continuation and extension of the free movement of persons; mandate decided on the agricultural and food sectors and health care
Berne (FDFA/FDEA/FDHA/FDJP). The Federal Council has decided on the future direction of Switzerland’s policy on the European Union. Priority is to be given to the systematic implementation of existing bilateral agreements with a focus on the decisions to pursue the free movement of persons after 2009 and on the extension of this agreement to Bulgaria and Romania. Today, the Federal Council has submitted a Message to Parliament to this effect. In addition, it has signalled a special interest in closer cooperation with the EU in a number of other areas. It has approved a mandate to commence negotiations on the agricultural and food sectors as well as on health care with a proviso for the results of the consultations of the parliamentary committees and the cantons. Preparations will continue in four other fields, i.e. in emissions trading, the satellite-aided navigation system Galileo, cooperation with the European Defence Agency, and peace promotion.
Press Release (28.11.2007 - SEM)Awareness campaign in Africa against illegal migration
Berne. The Federal Office for Migration has been conducting an awareness campaign among the people in Cameroon and Nigeria to inform them about the negative consequences of illegal migration. The European Union has joined the federal office in this pilot project.
Press Release (28.11.2007 - SEM)Austria-Switzerland – joint visa for the 2008 European Championship
The host countries inform about the "EURO 2008 visa" and entry procedures
Berne. A special "EURO 2008 visa" can be applied for for the duration of the 2008 European Championship, which will be valid both for Austria and Switzerland. As of today, the Austrian Foreign and Interior Ministries as well as the Swiss Federal Office for Migration will be providing information on the entry options for the EURO 2008 on their websites as a service for visitors to the European Championship.
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