Hundreds of Ukrainian refugees fleeing their homeland because of the war are helped by the Swiss army, which provides them with shelter and protection.
Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) has requested that in addition to Bülach Barracks (ZH), which helps with emergency accommodation for refugees, Bure Barracks (JU) will be available to help support and protect those who come. from Ukraine.
In a statement issued by SEM on March 16, it was announced that most people had already been accepted in Bülach and Bure, with a total of 1,800 temporary places available, 500 in Bülach and 1,300 in Bure, TheSchengen.com reports.
Meanwhile, 1,300 sleeping beds can be used to temporarily house refugees until March 27.
In addition, SEM also announced that it is in constant contact with the military and, if necessary, will provide more facilities for the military in transportation and accommodation.
“With Buri, the army is already provisionally supplying the second barracks. Previously, it had made the Bulach barracks available to the Ministry of Immigration and Refugees to temporarily accommodate up to 500 refugees. The first refugees were accepted into the Bulach barracks yesterday, March 15. In addition, The first refugees are moving to the Puri Barracks today,” the statement read.
In a tweet on Twitter today, the Ministry of Migration and Refugees reported that over 7,903 refugees from Ukraine have been registered so far, of which 3,664 were privately accommodated.
The Swiss Federal Council decided on March 11 to activate protection status S for all people who decided to leave Ukraine due to the war and to seek protection from Switzerland.
Usually, Ukrainians can enter the country without a visa and stay for free in the Schengen area for 90 days. However, due to the war, Ukrainian refugees can continue to stay in Switzerland for a year or even longer due to being granted protected status.
“With S protection status, collective protection can be granted to a specific group of people for the duration of a serious threat, especially during war. The right of residence in Switzerland is limited to one year but can be extended. S status also enables people who need protection to join family members. It largely corresponds to the solution of the member states of the European Union,” the Federal Council stated.
In addition, Swiss Refugee Aid (SFH) will accommodate all persons arriving in Switzerland with private hosts or cantonal structures in cooperation with the cantons. The staff of Swiss Aid to Aid Refugees is also present in the federal asylum centers and organizes everything that is needed to accommodate the Ukrainians.