Switzerland

Refugee resettlement and advocacy in Switzerland have roots dating back to World War II, when the country provided asylum to those fleeing Nazi persecution. More recently, Switzerland has opened their doors wide for people fleeing the war in Ukraine, granting temporary protection to refugees without them having to go through a lengthy asylum procedure. The Community Programs team in Switzerland is actively engaged with local nonprofit organizations, serving in the community, and developing opportunities for collecting and sharing refugee stories.

Demographics
ARRIVALS
TOP COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN
TOP NEWCOMER LANGUAGES
  • Dari
  • Pashto
  • Turkish
  • Tigrinya
  • Arabic
  • Kurdish

FY 2022 data source: Languages based on the official and/or most common language of arrivals' country of origin.

Blog Posts
Learn more about our work and our team.

Switzerland stands with Ukraine

For a small corner of the world, in Switzerland, what has happened in Ukraine has opened a door I didn’t think I would ever see.

May 4, 2022

The Season of Giving

A shared Christmas connecting international givers and a recognition that our stories align

January 31, 2022

Breaking Down Walls

“You don’t know, what you don’t know, ... If you never get in touch with someone new, you don’t learn anything. Every culture has developed really beautiful parts. Hopefully, by coming to a safe place, people can let the wall down and share their beautiful parts with the rest of us.”

January 9, 2021
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Partners
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Leadership
Get to know our Switzerland leadership team.
Darien
Community Programs Coordinator - Switzerland
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Community Liaison, Switzerland
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