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Not all Ukrainians can no longer apply for asylum in Switzerland, and some may be expelled altogether

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun17,2024

Not all Ukrainians can no longer apply for asylum in Switzerland, and some can be kicked out altogether

Advice The cantons of Switzerland on June 12 voted for changes in granting protection status S for Ukrainians fleeing war and only people from occupied territories or regions with active hostilities can apply for it, writes Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Proposal Vice-President of the Swiss Council of Cantons Esther Fredli was accepted by 23 votes to 19, supported primarily by the far right and centrists. The decision must still be approved by the lower house of the Swiss parliament – National Council.

In addition, the Swiss Federal Government, if the amendment is adopted, must revoke the protection status of Ukrainians if their last place of residence in their homeland was in regions “which are under the control of Ukraine and where there is no fighting action.”

The proposal also stipulates that Switzerland will not provide protection to non-Ukrainian citizens who are fleeing the war in Ukraine.

S protection status in Switzerland applies to refugees from Ukraine from March 2022. It means that Ukrainians do not have to go through the asylum procedure and can apply for housing, financial support and medical assistance.

The Swiss Federal Council has twice extended their protection status. It is now valid until March 2025. According to the government, in Switzerland, S status applies to about 64.3 thousand people with passports of Ukrainian citizens and about 800 people with other citizenship.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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