United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR Switzerland and Liechtenstein)
As elsewhere in the world, the people for whom UNHCR is responsible - refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons - are at the center of their work. However, it is the Swiss authorities and institutions that are primarily responsible for their protection. For this purpose, there is an asylum system developed in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. UNHCR supports both countries in implementing their obligations under international law instruments. It is important to us in this respect that:
People deserving protection are identified and given access to rights and support to recover their independent existence;
Refugees do not remain eternally considered as refugees but can return to their country of origin, as long as it is safe, or stay in Switzerland, respectively in Liechtenstein, and integrate sustainably;
Switzerland and Liechtenstein show solidarity with other countries hosting refugees in far greater proportions - whether through on-site assistance or the resettlement of particularly vulnerable people.
They pursue these objectives, in particular by conducting ongoing dialogue and exchange with the authorities, governmental organizations and other interested actors; as well as the preparation of legal positions and public awareness work. They also regularly visit reception facilities and take advantage of opportunities to hear the concerns of the people they are responsible for identifying and grasping existing problems.See more