At the forum, Switzerland also presents its new asylum procedure and the implementation of its Integration Agenda as examples of good practice. The Geneva Refugee Convention guarantees protection for refugees around the world and forms the backbone of Switzerland's asylum policy. The new asylum procedure, which has been in place since spring 2019, aims to improve the protection of refugees, speed up procedures, make them more effective and uphold the rule of law. But Switzerland's efforts do not stop there. The country attaches great importance to integrating refugees, and its new Integration Agenda aims to get refugees and temporarily admitted persons into work more quickly and make them less reliant on social assistance.
Another Federal Council decision that Switzerland showcases at the forum is its implementation of the resettlement plan for recognised groups of refugees. Resettlement has been a part of Swiss refugee policy for many decades. Developed in close consultation with the cantons, cities and communes, the plan will see up to 800 particularly vulnerable refugees, living in precarious circumstances in countries of first refuge, resettled in Switzerland in both 2020 and 2021.
Federal Council approves implementation of resettlement concept, press release, FDJP, 29 May 2019 (de)
Switzerland's participation in the GRF follows the whole-of-Switzerland approach. Experiences and innovative solutions from the country's cantons and cities, private sector, academia and civil society feed into the discussions, alongside contributions by the Federal Administration.