Migration Report 2016

This Migration Report presents facts and figures for the entire spectrum of activities carried out by the State Secretariat for Migration. It should help the reader to gain a clearer understanding of the various issues that affect all of us. At the same time, it enables one to appreciate the many different facets associated with migration.

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Brochure for refugees and temporarily admitted persons

Recognised refugees, temporarily admitted refugees and temporarily admitted persons will be sent a copy of the brochure together with their asylum decision (in German, French or Italian).

The brochure contains basic information in simple terms on topics such as status, legal provisions, permits for foreigners, place of residence, changing cantons, travel abroad, bringing family members to Switzerland, integration, schools, employment, vocational training, health, social insurance, special charges and welfare assistance.


Foreign Population and Asylum Statistics 2016

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Final Report of the "Integrated Border Management" Strategy Group

On 1 June 2012, the Federal Council approved the IBM Strategy jointly formulated by federal and cantonal representatives. The strategy consolidates all federal and cantonal activities to combat illegal migration, human trafficking and transnational crime. A further purpose of the strategy is to facilitate border-crossing for people entering Switzerland legitimately.

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Welcome to Switzerland

Information for new residents arriving from abroad

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European Nationals in Switzerland

This publication provides information on the practical application of the Free Movement of Persons Agreement between Switzerland and the EU to European Nationals who would like to live and work in Switzerland.

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The Work of the ILR

The Inter-Agency Steering Committee on Return Assistance (ILR) is the body that decides whether reintegration programmes, structural projects and projects to prevent irregular migration should be carried out in partner countries as a complement to return assistance activities. The ILR is headed by Federal Office for Migration (FOM) and by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and makes an important contribution to inter-agency cooperation within the context of migration. The document presents the work of the ILR and is available in three languages (d, f, e).

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Study: The population of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Switzerland

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Swiss Social insurance system:
Sojourn in Switzerland and departure

Information for foreign nationals

The pamphlet explains the elements of the Swiss social insurance systems, i.e. the Swiss old-age, survivors’ and disability insurance (AHV/IV, 1st pillar) and the occupational benefit plans (2nd pillar). It gives you practical information when planning your definitive departure from Switzerland.

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