Jungfrau Zeitung – The federal government wants to take a closer look at the protection status of S.

Ukraine refugees | May 23 2022

With S protection status, refugees from Ukraine can go to work. External experts will write a report on the state of protection by the end of the year. In addition, a European registration platform is under construction.

With S protection status, refugees from Ukraine can stay in Switzerland for one year.Photo: Keystone, Gian Ehrenzeler

About three months after the start of the war in Ukraine, the federal government and the cantons came to a positive conclusion from the reception of refugees. However, many questions remained unanswered. So outside experts should take a closer look at the protection status S. The cost of taking in people who have fled Ukraine is currently around 1.2 billion Swiss francs.

It can be assumed that up to 10,000 people will continue to seek protection each month, as there is no end to the war in sight, Federal Chancellor Karen Keeler-Sutter told the media in Berne on Friday. In less than three months, more than 50,000 people from Ukraine have sought protection in Switzerland, which is three times the number of refugees in one year. At peak times it was 1,800 per day, and the average is currently around 400. And on Friday there were 225, the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) tweeted.

Situation under control

In addition, about 1,500 asylum seekers per month come from other countries. The head of the Department of Justice and the Federal Police (FDJP) said the search for housing must continue. In general, the situation is under control, even if it is a lot of new territory.

In addition to finding accommodation, preventing the abuse of the Protective X status remains a problem. For example, if a refugee returns to Ukraine and continues to receive social assistance or if he has already been granted protection status in another country. Keller Sutter said short trips of up to 15 days every three or six months would probably be possible.

By the end of the year, an assessment group of external experts who are not operationally active will prepare a report on Protection Status S, which has been used in Switzerland for the first time since March 12. A European registration platform is also being created, in which Switzerland will participate. This is to prevent abuse by someone trying to obtain protected status in several countries. In some cases, protection S status has been denied due to fraudulent ID cards. In order to preserve the solidarity of the Swiss people, one must prevent abuses, Keller-Sutter said.

So far, 1.2 billion Swiss francs

According to the head of the Freedom and Justice Party, the costs of receiving people who have fled Ukraine are currently around 1.2 billion Swiss francs. How the costs will continue depends on how the situation in Ukraine develops. Expenses are not part of the budget, but they are an unusual item. It indicates the approximately 50,000 people admitted since the start of the war and contains the costs the federal government paid to the cantons. It’s an estimate, Keller Sutter said.

Looking to the future, Natalie Bartholott, president of the Conference of Social Directors of the Cantons (SODK), said that in the second phase, long-term refugee admissions should be considered. Children and youth must go to school, adults must be integrated into working life and social inclusion must be possible for all. But there are also people with PTSD or with illnesses and disabilities who need special care.

So far, Bartholott said, the cantons have managed to overcome the challenges. But of course things didn’t always go so well. When people were housed in private housing, organizational and coordinating efforts were somewhat underestimated. About three weeks ago, the distribution switch was also in use, allowing refugees to be better distributed among the cantons and not only in the cities or the cantons of Zurich, Aargau and Ticino, where expatriates from Ukraine mainly live.

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