A migrant’s life has several facets. Through their work most migrants contribute to developing the prosperity both of their host country and of their country of origin. In the event of conflicts and natural disasters, however, migrants should be regarded as victims, and in this vulnerable situation need special protection.
SDC deals with these different aspects of migration. In addition to its work in the field, it actively participates in the political dialogue on this subject. Its commitment can be summarised under the following six headings.
The SDC creates favourable framework conditions, promotes exchanges and carries out innovative projects to enable the different migrant communities to contribute to the development of their countries of origin.
The SDC’s Skills for Life pilot project teaches vocational skills
to refugees and residents of Kakuma, to enable them to work and earn
a living. More than 580 young people were trained in phase one of
this project, which was launched in 2013. Phase two began in summer 2016.
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Forced migration (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
Vocational training and skills development
Protection and access
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
Approximately 105 million people are currently working outside their
country of origin. Many of these migrant workers have profited from
international labour recruitment intermediaries. Millions, however,
have become victims of abusive and exploitative practices by unethical
recruiters. Working together with different actors, SDC will support
initiatives to ensure fair and ethical recruitment. Migrants and their
families will be better protected and thereby better enabled to
contribute to the development of their countries of origin and destination.
20,000 people (of whom 70% women) who have experienced trafficking
will be economically and socially rehabilitated. Public and private
institutions will provide employment or in-kind support for
entrepreneurship to men and women who have escaped trafficking. The
Government will better address the prevention of trafficking,
protection of victims, prosecution of traffickers in the revision and
enacting of policies, and create partnerships, for bringing about
About 2 million BiH citizens reside outside their country of
origin. They retain strong connections with their homeland, and many
of them are interested in contributing to its development with
skills, know-how and financial investment. Switzerland supports BiH
(in both entities and Brčko district) in creating a favorable
environment for leveraging diaspora’s human and financial capital
(as investors, providers of know-how and networkers) for the
development of the country, thus contributing to economic growth,
employment and income.
UNHCR Pakistan works with the Government of Pakistan, I/NGOs and
donor partners to provide immediate protection and bring long
lasting solutions for refugees in Pakistan. Based on international
expertise, the SDC Secondment to UNHCR contributes to the enhanced
protection of refugees and the search for durable solutions. The
Protection Expert will assist the UN Refugee Agency to implement the
Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR) in Pakistan.
Les populations migrantes en Tunisie recontrent de nombreuses
poblématiques d'ordre juridique, social ou administratif. Le projet
prévoit une continuité du service de la "Maison du Droit et des
Migrations" à Tunis comme lieu de référence, d'acceuil,
d'orientation et d'assistance individualisée aux migrants, avec une
expansion géographique à Sfax. Comme complément, le projet
développera des partenariats avec le secteur public avec un
renforcement de capacité de celui-ci et favorisera l'élaboration, de
manière conjointe, d'outil d'acoompagnement au profit des migrants vulnérables.
There are over 777’000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in
Ethiopia today. More than half of them are in the Somali Region and
are extremely marginalized. Their specific needs are badly known and
the vast majority of the humanitarian and development interventions
fail to include them in programming. This SDC contribution to the IOM
will improve the availability of evidence-based data on IDPs to inform
longer term programming, advocacy and policy development needed to
devise durable solutions for protracted IDPs in Ethiopia.
Education is one of the public sectors particularly under pressure
due to the influx of refugees. There are currently 143,000
school-aged Syrian refugees enrolled in public schools in Jordan,
another approx. 83,000 remain out of school. Overstretched
infrastructure and lack of space are major challenges. SDC will
continue to support the Ministry of Education (MoE) in
non-structural rehabilitation of schools accommodating Syrian
refugees, including water and sanitation facilities, contributing to
increase the accommodating capacities. The project will also include
an awareness component addressing maintenance issues.
The SDC Migration network provides the platform to share knowledge
and experience on programmes, efforts and global developments in the
field of migration and development at operational and policy
dialogue level. It constitutes the framework to support activities
contributing to the different network components, hence contributing
to increase sharing of knowledge and enhanced connections among
Disposant d'un réseau d'envirion 10'000 bénévoles, le Croissant
Rouge Tunisien (CRT) constitue l'organisation caritative la plus
importante en Tunisie. Ce projet vise à développer les capacités du
CRT à travers le développement organisationnel, le renforcement des
capacités des ressources humaines et le développement institutionnel
afin qu'il puisse répondre à son mandat de manière fiable et
professionnelle. Le partage des responsabilités entre le
Gouvernement et le CRT comme acteur de la société civile et
auxiliaire de l'État permettra une performance et un engagement plus
importants par exemple dans la migration.
Malgré les réformes initiées au niveau juridique et institutionnel,
la traite des personnes reste un phénomène croissant au Maroc. La
mise ne place d'un mécanisme national de lutte contre la traite
coordonnée entre de nombreux services publics et les acteurs de la
socitété civile est nécessaire pour une meilleure protection des
victimes. Les récents développements juridiques et polititques ont
dynamisé la lutte contre la traite. La phase actuelle du projet vise
à améliorer la protection des victimes à travers un appui technique
et une meilleure coordination.
Originally conceived to support the development of activities under
the Swiss North Africa Programme launched from scratch in 2011, the
5th phase with a much reduced budget allows deepening
relevant thematic and context knowledge, developing and formulating
future strategic priorities and setting-up adapted or new projects for
SDC in a fragile and complex environment. For 2015-16 the focus is on
preparatory work for the Swiss North Africa programme 2017-20.