Switzerland is host to approximately 126’000 refugees and other persons of concern. The number of new asylum applications decreased in recent years to 14’269 in 2019. The main countries of origin in the first half of 2020 for spontaneous applications were Afghanistan, Algeria, and Turkey.
UNHCR in Switzerland and Liechstenstein 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.
For information about our work in Switzerland:
- Information for refugees and asylum-seekers in Switzerland – help.unhcr.org
- Visit our country website - Switzerland | Schweiz (Deutsch) Switzerland | Suisse (Français)
- For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
The UNHCR Office for Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Weltpoststrasse 4,, 3015 Bern, Switzerland, Switzerland
Weltpoststrasse 4, 3015 Bern, Switzerland, Switzerland
+41 31 309 60 80
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Monday: 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday: 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday: 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 18:00
Friday: 09:00 - 18:00
01 January 2021, New Year's Day
02 April 2021, Good Friday
05 April 2021, Easter Monday
13 May 2021, Eid Al-Fitr/Ascension Day
24 May 2021, Whit Monday
20 July 2021, Eid al-Adha
02 August 2021, Swiss National Day (observed)
09 September 2021, Jeune genevois
24 December 2021, Christmas Day (observed)