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Switzerland is host to approximately 130'997 refugees and other persons of concern. The number of new asylum applications was 14'928 in 2021. The main countries of origin in 2021 for spontaneous applications were Afghanistan, Turkey and Algeria.

UNHCR in Switzerland and Liechtenstein monitors the implementation of international standards and engages with its national partners in public advocacy for the rights and well-being of persons of concern. It regularly exchanges with persons of concern. UNHCR is also involved in public information, awareness-raising activities, and the mobilization of support for the organization's global efforts to protect people forced to flee.

UNHCR has no formal role in the national asylum procedures and does, in general, not intervene in separate cases nor provide individual legal representation or counselling.

Additional information

For information about our work in Switzerland:


Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Switzerland? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Switzerland website

Visit the UNHCR Switzerland website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.

Switzerland | Schweiz (Deutsch)

Switzerland | Suisse (Français)

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Legislation and guidance

For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

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