MIL-OSI Translation: Asylum: statistics for October 2023

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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

Source: Switzerland – Department of Foreign Affairs in French

State Secretariat for Migration

Berne-Wabern, 21.11.2023 – In October 2023, 3,515 asylum applications were submitted in Switzerland, i.e. 451 fewer than the previous month (-11.4%) and 307 more than in October 2022. The countries the most represented were Turkey and Afghanistan. In addition, during the month under review, protection status S was granted to 1,473 people who fled Ukraine and ended in 1,675 cases.

The main countries of origin of people who applied for asylum in Switzerland in October were Turkey (913 applications, 67 more than in September), Afghanistan (904 applications, -582), Eritrea ( 218 requests, 48), Algeria (167 requests, -12) and Morocco (154 requests, -3).

Of the 3,515 applications filed in October, 2,875 were primary applications (September 2023: 3,083), i.e. filed independently of other people who had already requested protection. These requests came from people mainly from Turkey (776 requests, 57), Afghanistan (670 requests, -294), Algeria (166 requests, -9), Morocco (154 requests, -2) and Syria (100 requests, -13). Secondary applications, for their part, follow asylum applications already registered (in the context, for example, of births, family reunifications or multiple applications).

As a result of the change in practice regarding the processing of asylum applications filed by Afghan women and girls, September was marked by an increase in the number of applications filed by people of Afghan nationality who have already been staying in Switzerland for a long time (nearly 700 such requests). This number already started to decline again in October (nearly 300 requests recorded).

Asylum applications settled at first instance

The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) liquidated 2,334 asylum applications in October 2023. Among them, 643 resulted in a decision not to proceed (including 555 on the basis of the Dublin agreement), 478 to the granting of asylum and 552 to provisional admission at first instance. The number of pending cases at first instance stands at 15,738, 1,009 more than the previous month.


During the month under review, 1,130 people left Switzerland under the control of the authorities or were returned to their country or to a third country. Switzerland has asked other Dublin States to take charge of 1,355 applicants. At the same time, 174 people were transferred to the Dublin State responsible for processing their asylum applications. Switzerland, for its part, received 295 requests for support from other Dublin States, and 60 people were transferred to its territory.

Ukraine: protection status S (special procedure)

In October, 2,423 people from Ukraine applied for S status. During the same period, this status was granted to 1,473 people, refused to 82 others, who did not meet the criteria, and lifted in 1,675 cases. on the grounds that the persons concerned had left Switzerland. Overall, since the activation of protection status S, it has already ended for 18,752 people and the end of the status is currently being examined for 3,696 people. At the end of October, 66,143 people benefited from S status.

Address for sending questions

SEM information and communication,


State Secretariat for Migration

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