Switzerland's foreign policy on migration is based on the Report on International Cooperation on Migration, which the Federal Council approved in February 2011. In this document, Switzerland undertakes the following commitments:
- to pursue a comprehensive approach to migration and to take account of both the opportunities and challenges presented by migration
- to foster close partnerships between countries of origin, transit and destination, taking the interests of all stakeholders into account
- to ensure cooperation between the offices responsible within the Federal Administration as part of a whole-of-government approach
Switzerland also links its international cooperation and migration foreign policy instruments in order to address the root causes of irregular and forced migration, such as armed conflict.