Return Assistance

The purpose of return assistance is to foster the voluntary or mandatory return of asylum seekers through a system of benefits. The State Secretariat for Migration SEM implements these programmes in conjunction with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the competent cantonal agencies and relief organizations.

Any person from the field of asylum may apply to the advisory centres in the cantons, the federal asylum centres and in airport transit for return assistance. Even persons who have been granted refugee status may receive assistance if they would like to return to their home country.

However, return assistance is not granted to convicted offenders or to persons who have misused the asylum system either during or after proceedings.

Certain groups of persons falling in the category "foreign nationals" also have access to return assistance. These groups include victims and witnesses of human trafficking.

For the complete documentation see the pages in German, French or Italian.




Return assistance at a glance


Last modification 01.02.2019

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