Foreign policy on migration

Many people are forced to leave their home regions for various economic, political or social reasons. © Keystone

Switzerland is committed to the protection of refugees, internally displaced people and migrants and creates the framework conditions to ensure they can enjoy theirtheir human rights.

As a result of globalisation and the increasing internationalisation of all areas of life, the forms of mobility and the different causes of migratory movements have become more diverse and complex. Besides voluntary mobility, there are also situations of forced migration and displacement.

65 million people are currently displaced, either in their own countries or across international borders, due to political persecution, armed conflicts and serious human rights violations. In addition, millions of people leave their home regions every year due to natural disasters, the negative effects of climate change, the effects of state fragility, systemic poverty and a lack of prospects.

The current situation highlights the weaknesses of the national and global structures for dealing with the challenges of migration and displacement in all regions of the world. There is a growing awareness that all countries are faced with the effects of migration and displacement, whether they are countries of origin, transit or destination. Closer cooperation between all players and across regions is therefore imperative.

Switzerland is involved in the international migration dialogue and bilateral migration partnerships and is committed to protecting refugees, internally displaced people and migrants in their regions of origin. At the same time, it plays an active part in global discussions on protection issues, including within the scope of the Platform on Disaster Displacement as a follow-up process to the Nansen Initiative.

Switzerland’s foreign policy on migration

Taking advantage of opportunities afforded by migration while facing challenges constructively – Switzerland is committed to a coherent and comprehensive foreign policy on migration.

Migration partnerships

A flexible and innovative instrument of Swiss foreign policy– Switzerland ensures an approach based on partnership and respects the interests of all parties involved.

Facts and trends

Facts and figures on international flows of refugees and migrants and trends in dealing with gaps in protection.

International dialogue on migration

Addressing migration within the framework of global governance – Switzerland promotes inclusive dialogue and constructive cooperation in multilateral bodies.

Protection in the region

Protecting refugees and migrants on the ground in the countries of first refuge.