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Asylum Application Rates in Switzerland Surge by 74% Compared to 2021

The number of asylum applications decreased by 7.4 percent in January 2022, compared to the previous month, and an additional 614 applications for international protection were submitted to the Swiss immigration services compared to January 2021, which represents a total of 1,446 applications for the first time. month of the year.

According to a press release from the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), the main origin countries that applied for international protection in January were nationals of Afghanistan, with 343 applications – 18 more than in December, followed by Turks with a total of 234 applications – 18 fewer. Only from former Eritreans with 150 total applications, reports.

While the European Asylum Agency (EUAA) revealed that Syrian nationals applied for the most asylum across the 27-country bloc, Switzerland saw the opposite with 76 Syrian nationals filing – 38 per cent fewer than in December. EUAA data shows that 106,000 asylum applications were submitted by Syrians in 2021, which represents the nationality seeking the most international protection for this year.

Moreover, the Swiss Migration Authority reveals that of the 1,446 applications filed, 1,051 were preliminary, and the main nationalities for submitting such applications during the first month of 2022 include:

Afghanistan (318 – 19 applications more than in December 2021), Turkey (136 – three more than the previous month), Algeria (115-16 applications less than in December), Morocco (45 – one application less than the previous month) and Georgia (43 – five less requests)

While the primary application means that the asylum application is made for the first time, the secondary application is the result of an asylum application that has already been registered.

Moreover, the Department of Immigration processed 1,368 asylum applications in January of 2022, with 376 decisions not to apply – 277 of which are based on the Dublin Convention, which specifies registration of refugees as asylum seekers in the country in which they first arrive. In addition, 437 people were granted international protection, and 288 people were provisionally admitted as part of the trial proceedings.

However, the number of outstanding cases in the first place, the SEM data shows, increased from 112 to 4,550.

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About 170 people returned to their countries of origin in January 2022, while the Swiss government asked other Dublin signatories, including EU member states, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, to take in about 498 people, and 126 refugees were transferred to another Dublin. country. At the same time, another country asked Switzerland to agree to accommodate 312 people.

According to the resettlement programme, which the Swiss government decides on every two years, 27 people entered the country in January of 2022. In 2022 and 2023, the state will receive 1,600 unsafe refugees in the countries of first reception.

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