Switzerland's foreign policy on migration seeks to address all aspects of migration while also taking national interests into account. It has various instruments at its disposal to this end.
Switzerland's foreign policy on migration is based on the Report on International Cooperation on Migration, which the Federal Council approved in February 2011. In this document, Switzerland undertakes the following commitments:
- to pursue a comprehensive approach to migration and to take account of both the opportunities and challenges presented by migration
- to foster close partnerships between countries of origin, transit and destination, taking the interests of all stakeholders into account
- to ensure cooperation between the offices responsible within the Federal Administration as part of a whole-of-government approach
Switzerland also links its international cooperation and migration foreign policy instruments in order to address the root causes of irregular and forced migration, such as armed conflict.